Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
88 Lihue, Kauai
91 Honolulu, Oahu – the record highest temperature for Sunday was 92…back in 1990 and 1995
93 Kahului, Maui - the record highest temperature for Sunday was 93…back in 1977 (Tied the record!)
88 Kailua Kona
89 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Sunday evening:
0.29 Hanapepe, Kauai
1.23 Wheeler AF, Oahu
0.08 Kula Branch Station, Maui
0.69 Pahala, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Sunday evening:
21 Port Allen, Kauai
20 Kahuku, Oahu
14 Hana, Maui
23 Upolu AP, 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.
Satellite imagery above shows clouds over the islands…
with heavy ones offshore to the southwest
Returning trade winds with localized showers – mostly
over the windward sides, and locally over the
mountain slopes during the afternoons
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Modestly rebounding trade winds…gradually becoming light to moderately strong into the new 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 high pressure systems far to the northwest, the northeast…and east-northeast of Hawaii. There’s a rough of low pressure over Kauai, which is moving westward. Finally, there’s an early season cold front to the north of the islands…which won’t make it down to Hawaii. As we get into the new week, our trades will pick up a notch, attaining light to moderately strong levels.
Satellite imagery shows clear to cloudy skies...with small areas of developed cumulus clouds or thunderstorms to the southwest of the islands. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows those almost thunderstorms pulsing offshore to the southwest of Hawaii. As the trade winds gradually return, we’ll see a modest increase in windward biased showers…mostly during the night and early morning hours. The still light breezes over our region Monday, in conjunction with the daytime heating of the islands, will prompt some afternoon clouds and some showers over the upcountry slopes. Here’s the looping radar, showing a few showers moving locally across our island chain. The long range outlook calls for a cold front to bring showers to the state early Thursday into Friday…stay tuned. This has been the last full day of summer 2014, with the arrival of the autumnal equinox on Monday. I’ll be back with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Sunday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
~~~ A good youtube video of Lions and their very good friend (a man) - full screen for best viewing
Friday Evening Film: A good friend of mine who lives in Sebastopol, California sent me an email that he wanted me to see this film that he’d just seen. He in fact liked it enough that he offered to pay my way. It’s called The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Ann Dowd…among many others. The synopsis: The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past.
~~~ It was a heavy film, what else can I say? It was opening night, and despite the top scores that the critics are giving it…there weren’t many people in the theater. For what it was, what it was billed to be…it was right on the mark. I liked it, and the actors were all top notch in their performances, although it was so dense. I knew full well what I was getting myself into, and wouldn’t have wanted to miss it, no siree. It was one of those films that smiles were few and very far between, with only Noomi Rapace being able to pull off one or two…barely. In sum, if I would have gone expecting a comedy, I would have been disappointed, but since I went expecting something very different…I got just that. As for a grade, I’m giving it a B+, as it came across very strongly, and I asked for it. Some of you must be wondering, what is it that this Maui weatherman likes so much about these types of films? Hmmm, I guess I’m always looking for something that feels real, and in that regard, this film delivered…and then some! Here’s the heavy handed trailer for this film.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
>>> Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
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 Storm 17E (Polo) remains active about 210 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California…with sustained winds of near 40 mph. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image.
Here’s what the computer models are showing for tropical storm Polo.
1.) A broad low pressure area located several hundred miles south- southwest of the Gulf of Tehuantepec is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next several days as the low moves west- northwestward around 10 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...near 50 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 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 16W (Fung-wong) remains active, located about 135 mile north-northeast of Taipei, Taiwan…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: Earth Has its Warmest Summer and August on Record - August 2014 and the June – August Northern Hemisphere summer period of 2014 were Earth’s warmest since records began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) today. NASA also rated August 2014 as the warmest August on record.
August is the third time NOAA has ranked a 2014 month as the warmest on record; May and June 2014 were the warmest May and June on record (April 2014 was originally ranked as tied for warmest April on record, but has since been revised downwards to the second warmest April on record.)
Global ocean temperatures during August 2014 were the warmest on record, and the 1.17°F ocean temperature anomaly was the highest ever measured, beating the record set just two months previously in June 2014.
Global land temperatures in August 2014 were the 2nd warmest on record. The first eight months of 2014 (January–August) were the third warmest such period on record for the globe, with an average temperature 1.22°F above 20th century average.
If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest year on record.