Air Temperatures The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:

77  Lihue, Kauai
82  Honolulu, Oahu
78  Molokai
82  Kahului, Maui
85  Kona, Hawaii
78  Hilo, Hawaii

Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops on Maui and the Big Island…as of 743pm Sunday evening:


Kailua Kona – 77
Hana, Maui – 70

Haleakala Summit –   43
(near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 32 (13,000+ feet on the Big Island)

Hawaii’s MountainsHere’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.  


Aloha Paragraphs

Continuing large Surf…along our north and west facing
beaches – slowly lowering into Tuesday

North and northeast winds, locally quite strong and
gusty – becoming lighter into Tuesday…increasing
from the south and southwest Thursday into
next weekend

A modest cold front is brushing by to the north of
Kauai and Oahu…while a stronger cold front will
arrive Friday into next weekend

Showers locally around Maui County and the Big
island, some locally heavy…gradual improvement
into Monday

High Surf Warning...north and west shores of Kauai,
Oahu, Molokai, and north shores of Maui

Small Craft Advisory…most coastal and channel areas

The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:

24  Mana, Kauai – NNW
35  Kuaokala, Oahu – NNE
27  Molokai – NNE
35  Lanai – NE
36  Kahoolawe – NE
25  Kapalua, Maui – NE
38  Kohala Ranch, Big Island – NNE

Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:

1.30  Kilohana, Kauai
1.33  Makaha Stream, Oahu
4.40  Molokai
0.40  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
2.19  Pukalani, Maui
4.18  Kawainui Stream, Big Island

We can use the following links to see what’s going on in our area of the north central Pacific Ocean. Here’s the latest NOAA satellite picture – the latest looping satellite image… and finally the latest looping radar image for the Hawaiian Islands.

~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~

Trade winds locally strong and gusty, lighter across the state later Tuesday and Wednesday…then stronger and gusty from the south to southwest Thursday into next weekend. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the Pacific Ocean. ~~~ We find a high pressure system far to the northeast of the state, with a second closer high pressure cell northwest of Hawaii. At the same time, we see low pressure systems far to the north and northeast, with an associated cold front near the Big Island. Finally, we see a low pressure system to our north-northeast, with its associated cold front/trough over and around the Big Island. ~~~ The winds will take on a more trade wind orientation as we head into our new week. Winds in general will take a turn towards lighter everywhere as we move into the middle of the new week. These lighter winds will increase in strength Thursday and Friday into the upcoming weekend…as our next cold front approaches the Aloha State then.

Passing showers, particularly over parts of the Big Island.
Satellite imagery shows clouds over and around the islands. The most prominent clouds are associated with a low pressure system to the northeast of the Big Island. This low has a cold front, and a trough linked to it, although is gradually moving away. Here’s the looping radar image, showing diminishing showers near and around the Big Island and Maui County. The recent generous showers around the state, will be ending soon, with drier weather over the next several days/ Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can the recent shower activity…pulling away from the Big Island now. There’s still a chance of a few generous showers over that eastern most island tonight.

We find showers on the Big Island, and Maui County, and to a lesser extent over Kauai and Oahu. As noted above, an area of showery clouds brought good rainfall to the eastern islands, particularly the Big Island, and will continue to do so over for the moment. All things considered though, we see improving weather conditions right around the corner. ~~~ Looking further ahead, it appears that New Year’s Eve and New Years Day will have lighter winds, which could prompt afternoon clouds around the slopes, with a few upcountry showers locally. The beaches should have nice weather, with generally dry conditions there. ~~~ As we move into the second half of the new week, the models are showing another cold front approaching the state. This cold front may be a more robust system than we’ve seen lately. If the models are correct, it will bring gusty Kona winds (south to southwest) ahead of it, and locally heavy, and possibly flooding rainfall to the state Friday into next weekend. I’ll be again early Monday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Sunday night here in the islands, or wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.

Friday evening Film: There are several good looking films that have just come out, several of which I’m considering must see’s! One of these is called American Hustle, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner…among others. The synopsis: brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent named Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Let’s face it, or at least for me, what could be wrong with a film including these top notch actors and actresses!? I’m really looking forward to seeing this one, and have been ever since I first laid eyes on the trailer. That this film takes place in the 1970’s, which was a very informative period in my own life, makes it especially interesting. ~~~ As it turned out, all the hype over this movie was absolutely warranted, at least in my opinion. I saw this film with six other friends, a big crowd, and the theater was packed, with all of us having to scatter our seating throughout. When we gathered after the film, we stood in a circle, and went around and gave our impressions. There were six solid A grades, and one A+. We all loved it, and those of us in the same car driving back upcountry, couldn’t get over how great the acting was! What more can I say? It was entertaining to da max! Here’s the trailer, just in case this film has your interest too.

World-wide tropical cyclone activity:

Atlantic Ocean:
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary

Here’s a
satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean

Caribbean Sea:

Gulf of Mexico:

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:
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary

Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.

Central Pacific Ocean:
The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary

Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)

Western Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones

South Pacific Ocean:
There are no active tropical cyclones

North and South Indian Oceans:
Tropical Cyclone 05S (Christine) remains active in the South Indian Ocean, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…and a satellite image.

Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
is now active in the South Indian Ocean, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…and a satellite image.

Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

New York City to Use Food Waste to Heat Homes – New York City will reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills by converting it into energy. Last week, Deputy Mayor Cas Calloway announced that the city will partner with Waste Management to deliver pre-processed organic waste food to Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant where it will be added to wastewater sludge to increase biogas production. The biogas by-product will be converted into renewable natural gas for both residential and commercial use through a partnership with National Grid, an international electricity and energy company.

Through this project, enough energy could be produced to heat almost 5,200 New York city homes and reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 90,000 metric tons, equivalent to removing almost 19,000 cars from the road. In addition, the project will help the city reach its PlaNYC goal of reducing municipal GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2017, a goal it is more than halfway to achieving.

The New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection uses about 40 percent of the biogas produced at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new partnership with National Grid will help to ensure that 100 percent of the biogas produced will be converted to power, which means it will not contribute to the plant’s GHG emissions. The project will be financed by National Grid. A biogas purification system’s construction will begin in 2014. The system will purify the plant’s remaining 60 percent of biogas it produces.

“This first-of-its kind renewable energy project will harness part of the 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater that New Yorkers generate every day,” said Deputy Mayor Holloway. “The public-private partnership that made this possible will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 cars from city streets—a huge step towards making a greener, greater New York City. I want to thank Ken Daly and his team at national grid, and the State Public Service Commission for working with us to make this happen.”

Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the restaurants participating in the city’s Food Waste Challenge have diverted over 2,500 tons of food waste from landfills during the first six months of the program. Over a 100 restaurants are participating in the program, which is a voluntary one to help reduce food waste going to landfills. Over 50 of the participating restaurants have already achieved the program’s goal of a 50 percent food waste diversion.