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

78  Lihue, Kauai
79  Honolulu, Oahu
76  Molokai
80  Kahului, Maui
85  Kona, Hawaii
80  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 810pm Tuesday evening:


Kailua Kona – 73
Kahului, Maui – 72

Haleakala Summit –   37
(near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 25 (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

>Increasing clouds and showers Wednesday, some locally
heavy with a thunderstorm on the Big Island and possibly
east Maui…with an increase in showers elsewhere around
the state later Wednesday into Thursday

>Our north-northeast winds will be locally quite strong and
gusty, and still on the cool side into mid-week…calming
down and warming up Thursday

>Looking further ahead, there’s a good chance that we’ll see
a wet weather episode arriving Friday into the weekend…
bringing rain, gusty winds, and perhaps thunderstorms to
our islands, especially on the  Kauai and Oahu side of the
state – stay tuned

Small Craft Wind Advisory…over the windiest coastal and
channel waters
– through 6am Thursday

Wind Advisory…over parts of Maui County, with winds
25-35 mph and gusts to 50 mph. The winds will reach near
45 mph with gusts approaching 60 mph on the Haleakala
Crater summit – lasting through 4pm today

High Surf Advisory…for the east shores of Kauai, Oahu,
Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island – early Wednesday
morning through early Thursday morning

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

24  Poipu, Kauai – NNE
32  Waianae Valley, Oahu – NW
25  Molokai – N
35  Lanai – NE
38  Kahoolawe – NNE
31  Kapalua, Maui – NNE
42  PTA West, Big Island – SW

Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):

0.06  Kilohana, Kauai
0.01  Moanalua, Oahu
0.00  Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.11  Puu Kukui, Maui
0.27  Island Dairy – 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 ~~~

Our winds will come in from the north-northeast…keeping a chill in the air into Wednesday. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the Pacific Ocean. ~~~ We find high pressure systems over the ocean to the north and northeast of the state. At the same time, we see a low pressure system just to the east-northeast, moving southwest towards our islands.  This near 1013 millibar low pressure system has an associated cold front over the ocean to our east…and a trough too. The chilly north-northeast winds will keep winter weather over our islands through most if not all of Wednesday. Thereafter, and once this low pressure system gets to our west, our winds will calm down, warm up, and may bring volcanic haze our way later this week.

Satellite imagery shows an extensive area of clouds over the ocean to the northeast, east, and southeast, with a few towering cumulus clouds over the ocean…east of the Big Island.
Otherwise, there’s a fairly minor amount of lower level clouds being carried towards us for the time being. Here’s the looping radar image, showing generally light showers falling over the ocean, being carried into the windward sides of Maui and the Big Island, on the north-northeast winds…a few elsewhere. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see the impressive area of clouds to the east and northeast of the state…along with the counter-clockwise rotating low pressure system as well. This area of clouds will be migrating over our islands during the next couple of days.

A gradual increase in clouds and showers…first on Maui and the Big Island. There continues to be the lack of moisture to feed very many showers in our area, although that will be changing as we slip into Wednesday. As the low pressure system to our northeast moves southwest in our direction, and eventually right over us…we’ll see shower activity increasing Wednesday across the board. Some of these showers will be locally heavy, with the chance of a few thunderstorms too…although this heavy stuff will likely be restricted to the Big Island and possibly east Maui.  ~~~ Looking further ahead, towards this coming weekend, the computer models continue to suggest that we may have another low pressure system in our area. This could bring windy and rainy weather our way, along with possible localized flooding. I’ll be bringing you more information on this coming weekend’s unsettled weather outlook, along with more on this current wet weather episode too. ~~~ I’ll be back with your next new weather narrative early Wednesday morning, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you happen to be spending it. Aloha for now…Glenn.

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:
Tropical Cyclone 07P remains active in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, here’s the JTWC graphical track mapand a NOAA satellite image

North and South Indian Oceans:
There are no active tropical cyclones

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

Volume of electronic waste set to rise by a third – The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership created to tackle e-waste.

The forecast was made as the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative launched an interactive, online world map depicting the amount of electronic waste produced in different countries across the globe and a report showing the amount of e-waste shipped from the United States to developing countries.

On average, each person on the planet produced seven kilograms of e-waste in 2012, that is 48.9 million tons in total, and StEP estimates that this will rise to 65.4 million tons in 2017.

A lot of this potentially hazardous waste ends up in developing countries, where governments still do not pay enough attention to the rising problem, which also offers business opportunities, according to Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of StEP.

He tells SciDev.Net that the aim of the online map and the report, which were launched last month (16 December), is to allow governments, industry and other organizations to plan e-waste management and recycling of discarded mobile phones, laptops, televisions and computer monitors.

The map is based on 2012 data from 184 nations. As well as the amount of e-waste generated in each country, it shows how much electrical and electronic equipment was put on the market and contains national regulations regarding e-waste’s management.

Kuehr says he hopes the map will raise awareness of the scale of the problem of poor e-waste management, particularly in developing countries that lack regulations about the dismantling of these products.

The United States produced the largest total amount of e-waste in 2012 — nearly 9.4 million tons — followed by China, which generated almost 7.3 million tons.

Per capita, however, Qatar topped the list with 63 kilograms per person, nine times the world average, with the lowest global production per person coming from Ethiopia (680 grams), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (210 grams).

US e-waste exports

The report on US e-waste generation and exports was written by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States.

Mobile phones, televisions and computer monitors are the most common type of e-waste shipped from the United States, it finds.

Part of that electronic rubbish then travels illegally to developing countries, where it is dismantled “in conditions that could be hazardous to the workers, their health or the environment,” according to Jeremy Gregory, a co-author of the report.