Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Monday:
86 Lihue, Kauai
90 Honolulu, Oahu - the record highest temperature for Monday was 93…back in 1993
89 Kahului, Maui
M Kailua Kona
89 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Tuesday morning:
2.32 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.97 Punaluu Pump, Oahu
0.10 Molokai 1, Molokai
0.28 Hana AP, Maui
0.78 Kahuku Ranch, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Tuesday morning:
07 Port Allen, Kauai
10 Waianae Valley, Oahu
08 Kaupo Gap, Maui
12 Pali 2, Big Island
Hawaii’s Mountains – Here’s a link to the live web cam on the summit of near 13,800 foot Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. This web cam is available during the daylight hours here in the islands…and when there’s a big moon shining down during the night at times. Plus, during the nights you will be able to see stars, and the sunrise and sunset too… depending upon weather conditions.
Rainy clouds remain over the nearby ocean – thanks to an overhead
upper level low pressure system, keeping spotty rain and possible
thunderstorms in the forecast for this afternoon…chance of flooding
Winds remaining light from the southeast – light trade winds for the
second half of the week
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Our winds will be light…with light trade winds returning for the second part of the work week. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean, along with a real-time wind profiler of the central Pacific. We find a moderately strong near 1027 millibar high pressure system to the northeast. There are low pressure systems to the north and northwest, which will push an associated cold front a little closer…although it won’t reach our islands. We have an upper level low pressure aloft over the state as well, which is destabilizing our overlying atmosphere. Our winds will remain light through mid-week, before light trade winds return Thursday through Friday. An approaching cold front may veer our light trades to the southeast during the weekend into early next week…although won’t reach the state.
Satellite imagery shows clouds and showers in our area…with the heaviest of these remaining offshore at the time of this writing. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows areas of towering cumulus and thunderstorms just offshore from the islands. These may be drawn over the state at times today into mid-week, prompting locally heavy rains here and there. Here’s the looping radar, showing light to moderately heavy showers falling over the ocean…a few of which are heavy. There may be localized flooding in areas where heavy rainfall extends over the islands. This off and on rainy weather will remain in place today into Wednesday…with slightly drier weather expected through the remainder of the work week. I’ll be back many times during the day with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Tuesday wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
>>> Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Shower activity associated with a weak low pressure area located a little more than 100 miles northwest of Bermuda is minimal and development is not expected. The low should move toward the north and then north-northeast over the next couple of days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
>>> Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
>>> Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
>>> Eastern Pacific: Tropical Depression 18E (Rachel) remains active, located about 485 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California…with sustained winds of near 35 mph. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image
Here's what the computer models are showing for tropical storm 18E (Rachel)
An elongated area of low pressure continues a few hundred miles south of Acapulco, Mexico. Although the shower activity has changed little in organization during the past several hours, environmental conditions are favorable for a tropical depression to form later this week while the system moves toward the west-northwest or northwest near 10 mph. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this disturbance will likely produce locally heavy rains over portions of southern Mexico that could cause flash flooding and mud slides.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
>>> Central Pacific: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
>>> Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 18W (Phanfone) remains active, located approximately 103 NM north of Saipan…with sustained winds of near 52 mph. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image
>>> South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
>>> North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Connecting Productivity of Office Workers and Climate Change – Energy efficiency in office buildings struggles to gain the attention of top management, writes John Alker – because energy is too cheap to really matter. But with 90% of operating costs spent on staff, a new report shows that green building design makes employees happier and more productive.
There would seem to be no connection between the productivity of office workers and the great challenge of climate change. But a report published by the World Green Building Council suggests otherwise.
Globally, buildings are responsible for around a third of greenhouse gas emissions through their construction, operation and demolition. The humble office has therefore found itself on the front line of efforts to reduce energy use and combat climate change over the last 10-15 years.
But despite the IPCC showing that there is more potential for cost effective carbon mitigation in buildings than any other sector, a recent International Energy Agency report suggested we have tapped into less than 20% of this potential.
As world leaders convened this week to yet again agree that we need to take action on carbon emissions, it’s a valid question to ask how on earth we are going to have any success when we don’t seem to be able to do it in one of the easiest, most economical sectors.
People costs versus energy costs – 90:1
Part of the answer to that question is that – like it or not – energy does not cost enough for most office-based organizations to worry about, often representing just 1% of operating expenses. So energy efficiency often fails to get traction at board level.
Staff costs are another thing altogether – typically responsible for 90% of operating costs, with the remaining 9% going on rent.
This means that small improvements in employee health, sense of well being and resulting productivity are of tremendous value to employers. Poor mental health alone costs UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.
What is really tantalizing, and at the heart of our report, is the prospect of low carbon buildings positively enhancing health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants.
It follows that if you can reliably quantify the human benefits of low carbon buildings, this provides a much more compelling return on investment than at best modest savings on energy bills.