Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii…along with the minimum temperatures:
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of
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.
My Brother who lives in Texas, has had a medical emergency,
I will be flying there ASAP to be with him. I don’t know exactly
when I’ll be back, although as soon as I know, I will let you know.
In my absence, you can get the latest weather information for
everywhere in the state by clicking on the island forecasts links,
on the upper left hand margin of this page, below where it reads
Glenn’s Daily Weather Narrative
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
I’ll check back in here as often as I can, and let you know what’s happening here in Texas…and of course when I think I’ll be back to Maui. I’ll provide updates as I can, which will appear just below.
December 11th: I’m flying out tonight, non stop to Houston…Aloha, Glenn
December 12th: I’ve made it to Houston just fine. I was picked up at the airport by one of my brother’s friends and immediately whisked off to the hospital in the small town of Conroe. I was glad to find my brother Steve in better shape than I expected…..which is a big relief. I’ve been sitting in the room with him, while the nurses and doctors are doing their work. It’s been confirmed that Steve suffered a stroke which has left his speech impaired. We are all hoping that this will be a temporary condition. That’s all for now…..Aloha, Glenn
December 13th – Hi again, I’m still here in Conroe, Texas, at the moment here at the Conroe Regional Hospital…where Steve’s nurses have allowed me to use one of their computers. First of all, I was so pleased to read all the comments that many of you folks left below! I was just now able to reply to them, and if you’d be interested in reading what they wrote, and my responses, you could scroll to the bottom of this page, and hit View All…to make them all appear for you to see. The Resort where my Brother works and lives, has so kindly let me use one of their vehicles, and has put me up in a lake front apartment…which was utterly generous of them to do! I went to the store today, and found that I could buy the organic stuff that I like eating, and am settling into my stay here. It’s interesting, everytime I get in the car and try to go anywhere, I get completely lost! I used my iPhone today, the map part, and still somehow was able to get completely turned around. I usually think of myself as a capable person, who can find himself around rather well, although I’m having to accept the fact that I’m not my usual self…and am apparently a bit spaced out under these circumstances.
At any rate my Brother is holding his own, in a good mood, having no pain, but just can’t talk, which I’m sure is frustrating to a large degree, and scary as well. As an offsetting thing, he has a constant parade of loving friends that drop by to express their love, which I find so gratifying. I’m lucky to be meeting all these folks, who accept me as part of my Brother’s Texas family. I want to get back into his hospital room now, so I’m going to sign off for the moment. I should be able to use some computer, perhaps even this one again. Before I go though, I want to thank all those folks who wrote their well wishes for my Brother Steve, my family and I…and to all of you who didn’t write, but perhaps thought some good wish for us, thank you from the bottom of my heart as well! More soon, Aloha…Glenn.
December 14th – Hi again, another quick update, as the nurses here at the hospital have once again allowed me to use a computer. I’m finding that the state of Texas is full of very nice people! Everyone I’ve met or talked to so far, has been especially nice and friendly. I didn’t know what to expect, as I’m unfamiliar with this part of our country, although as I said, very nice folks with southern accents! My Brother is getting a bit antsy, and tired of laying down in bed, or sitting on the edge of his bed. I can’t blame him, as I’m sure I’d be feeling the same way. He’s sort of tied to the bed, by all the heart wires attached to his chest, and of course the IV line running into this arm. He’s doing really well though, in terms of being patient and cooperative with the staff here. His nurses are taking a definite liking to him, as this Brother of mine is very generous.
His physical condition is good, although as I’ve mentioned before, he has a period of therapy to do, and no ones knows exactly how long it will take. This therapy will focus particularly on language, concerning his ability to speak and comprehend input. The blood clot that caused the stroke ended up in that part of the brain, that’s in charge of interpreting information and expression. We’re of course hoping for the best, and as I know more, I’ll share it with you the next time I’m able to get on a computer. Thanks for your caring thoughts, and your many comments below…truly! Aloha, Glenn.
December 16th – Hi, we’re still here at the hospital, and likely for another 2-4 days. Steve continues to show a gradual improving trend, saying a few more words each day, and now actually formulating a few simple sentences. The doctors and nurses are delighted, as am I and my family. We thought we might be leaving over the next day or two, although the doctors want to keep him for a few more days, until the blood thinners are stablized, and the correct amounts can be given. Recently I was lucky enough to have a couple of his very good friends, Rhonda and Peter offer him a condo right next to theirs. Rhonda has also offered to supervise his speech therapy, and even drive Steve to his appoints if need be. I’m trying to get a program where the therapist comes to Steve’s condo three times per week. This way he’ll be in very familiar territory, very close to where he used to live, and be close enough for all this close friends to drop by and see him frequently.
Things are going about as well as could be expected, which I think I said in my last entry. It’s rather difficult at times being in a strange place, or at least a place that I’m not used to during the Christmas season…especially being in a hospital much of each day. I’m pleased however that my health is remaining good, and that I’m eating and sleeping well, and am engaged in not only being at my Brothers side…but also able to do the right thing. Obviously my website updates are missing, and I’ve had to temporarily discontinue working at the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), my regular day job, but that can’t be helped. I’ll of course pick up both those activities again, as soon as I’m able to return to Maui. Since I’ll be here for likely another week or so, I’ll probably be able to check back in here again several more times. I hope everyone is enjoying the late autumn weather wherever you happen to be, as we head steadily towards Christmas holiday! Aloha…Glenn.
December 17th – Hi, things continue to move along well, in just about all regards…I’m happy to report. The medicine that Steve will need to take, to keep his blood thinned correctly, is rather expensive. Two of the nurses here that I’ve gotten to know a bit, have helped me enormously. They provided some vouchers that make the medicine free for the first month, and then with only a $10 co-pay voucher thereafter. Steve will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, which is good news for everyone concerned…especially my Brother and I. I’ll take a couple of additional days to get him situated, and set up the speech therapist daily visits (at least during the first month), before I fly out of Texas. Since it’s so close to Christmas I’ve decided to go to Long Beach, and spend the holiday with my family there. Then, I’ll fly back to Maui if I can get a ticket, or fly up to see my friends in Sonoma County for a short visit…until I can get a direct flight from San Francisco to Maui. I’m still uncertain about exactly when I can get back home…either sometime between Christmas and New Years, or just after the first of the year. I’ll let you know as soon as I work out the details. Happy Holidays! Aloha for now…Glenn.
December 18th – Hi, as I thought, my Brother gets out of the hospital today. It’s interesting, as hard as it was to be in a hospital for a week, or however long its been…there’s a part of me that came to like it. Not as in loving the experience, or enjoying the hospital all that much, but more it was that I came to like and appreciate the staff and services. I’ve met some very nice folks, people who have taken very good care of my Brother indeed. I suppose too, its just that I was able to muster the strength and courage to fly out of Maui into a situation…that I knew would be a major experience in my life. I’ve seen that I could come to the occasion, and handle all the countless details that needed to be dealt with, and to stay positive…and not get sick! I must have washed my hands dozens of times each day, literally, and have taken the greatest care to remain healthy. I have a natural fear of hospitals, and to be dropped right into the thick of it, was a challenge…one that I’m proud of myself for being able to do. I’m not trying to be egotistic, its just that I recognize what I’ve been doing, and am not above giving myself a pat on the back.
At any rate, I’ll stay here in Conroe, actually Willis, Texas for two more days, to make sure my Brother is completely settled at home. Then, I’ll fly to Long Beach, California this coming Sunday (December 21st), and spend Christmas with the rest of my family there. I just made a reservation back to Maui, flying out of the Los Angeles airport, on the 27th. I just talked to my neighbors, and they will pick me up that afternoon. I’m not sure if I’ll have access to a computer between now and when I get to my Mom’s this Sunday, although if not, when I get back to my Mom’s, I’ll catch up with you then. Thanks so much for bearing with me through this family crisis, which drew me away from the normal operation of this website! I’ll be back with you as soon as I can, be well, and Happy Holidays! Aloha…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
>>> Atlantic Ocean: The last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season…has occurred. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2015. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
>>> Caribbean Sea: The last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season…has occurred. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2015. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.
>>> Gulf of Mexico: The last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season…has occurred. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2015. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
>>> Eastern Pacific: The last regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlook of the 2014 North Pacific hurricane season…has occurred. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on May 15, 2015. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
>>> Central Pacific: The central north Pacific hurricane season has officially ended. Routine issuance of the tropical weather outlook will resume on June 1, 2015. During the off-season, special tropical weather outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
>>> Northwest Pacific Ocean:
>>> South Pacific Ocean:
>>> North and South Indian Oceans:
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Scientists estimate the total weight of plastic floating in the world’s oceans – Nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world’s oceans, according to a study published December 10, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marcus Eriksen from Five Gyres Institute and colleagues.
Microplastic pollution is found in varying concentrations throughout the oceans, but estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics, both micro and macroplastic, lack sufficient data to support them. To better estimate the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world’s oceans, scientists from six countries contributed data from 24 expeditions collected over a six-year period from 2007-2013 across all five sub-tropical gyres, coastal Australia, Bay of Bengal, and the Mediterranean Sea. The data included information about microplastics collected using nets and large plastic debris from visual surveys, which were then used to calibrate an ocean model of plastic distribution.
Based on the data and model, the authors of the study estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing nearly 269,000 tons in the world’s oceans. Large plastics appear to be abundant near coastlines, degrading into microplastics in the 5 subtropical gyres, and that the smallest microplastics were present in more remote regions, such as the subpolar gyres, which the authors did not expect. The distribution of the smallest microplastics in remote regions of the ocean may suggest that gyres act as ‘shredders’ of large plastic items into microplastics, after which they eject them across the ocean.
“Our findings show that the garbage patches in the middle of the five subtropical gyres are not the final resting places for the world’s floating plastic trash. The endgame for micro-plastic is interactions with entire ocean ecosystems,” says Marcus Eriksen, PhD, Director of Research for the 5 Gyres Institute.