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

81  Lihue, Kauai
86  Honolulu, Oahu
80  Molokai
86  Kahului, Maui
83  Kailua Kona
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 543pm Saturday evening:


Honolulu, Oahu – 83
Hilo, Hawaii
– 76

Haleakala Summit –   48 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 46 (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

Trade winds will continue…into the new week ahead

There will be some passing showers generally along
the windward sides…a few elsewhere

It’s the first day of summer 2014!

The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Saturday evening:

17  Poipu – NE
23  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – NNE
22  Molokai – ENE
25  Lanai – NE
21  Kahoolawe – NE
28  Kapalua, Maui – NNE

23  Kaupulehu, Big Island – NW

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

0.25  Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.76  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
0.22  Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.18  Kahakuloa, Maui
1.10  Kapapala Ranch, 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 trade winds are a bit lighter this weekend…rebounding as we get into the new 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 profile of the central Pacific…focused on the Hawaiian Islands. We have moderately strong high pressure systems, coming in at near 1025 millibars, located to the northwest and northeast of the state. These high pressure cells have associated ridges extending far southwest and southeast of their centers.  A fairly minor reduction in wind speeds is taking place this weekend, which will rebound early in the new week…continuing well into the future from there.

Satellite imagery shows scattered clouds around the islands…a few which are quite large .
Looking at this larger looping satellite image, we see areas of high level clouds to our south, southwest and east as well. In addition, there are pockets of thunderstorms far south of Hawaii, in the Inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) down close to the equator. Meanwhile, there are lower level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow…although they are pretty insignificant at the moment. Here’s a looping radar image, showing passing showers…although most of them are falling over the offshore waters. Typically these showers will increase some locally during the night and early morning hours…then diminish again during the days.

This long lasting trade wind weather pattern will continue…with no end in sight. There will be some showers reaching the windward sides of our islands, with just a few being carried over into the leeward sides…mostly at night. We have a trough of low pressure getting somewhat closer to the state now, located not far to our east. This low pressure may enhance some of the showers that fall locally…especially along the Kona slopes during the afternoon hours. The leeward beaches, as is often the case under these conditions, will continue to have very nice weather. I’ll be back again Sunday morning with more news on this classically typical weather here in the islands, I hope you have a great Saturday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.

Here on Maui, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the air temperature was 55.2 degrees at 545am on this Saturday morning. Skies are clear to partly cloudy, with a few lower level clouds, although not many…along with some thin high cirrus clouds. These icy clouds lit up a faint pink at sunrise, which was a nice way to see the light of our first summer morning here in the northern hemisphere!
It’s a lovely day here in paradise, with no weather related problems on the horizon…nothing but near perfect conditions continuing. Actually, there is one thing I notice on the downside…which is a big sugar cane fire down in the central valley, which is billow

It’s now early afternoon on this first summer day of the year, at 1220pm, under mostly sunny skies, off and on gusty breezes…and an air temperature of 75.9 degrees.

We’re into the early evening hours now at 540pm, under sunny skies, light breezes…and an air temperature of 79.9 degrees. It’s as summery as summer can be, with all the ingredients in place…to continue this fair weather pattern into the foreseeable future. It’s sooo beautiful here on Maui before sunset…incredible!

World-wide tropical cyclone activity:

Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days

Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean

Caribbean Sea:
There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days

Gulf of Mexico:
There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days

Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

North Eastern Pacific:
There are no active tropical cyclones

Disorganized showers and thunderstorms continue in association with
a weak area of low pressure located about 500 miles southwest of
Manzanillo, Mexico. Upper-level winds are expected to remain
unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation, and any development of
this system is expected to be slow to occur while it moves northward
at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days..low…20 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 Ocean:
No tropical cyclones are expected through Monday night

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

Northwest Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones

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: Update: the future of EV’s in China China has ambitious goals for developing and deploying electric vehicles (EV). The stated intention is to “leapfrog” the auto industries of other countries and seize the emerging EV market. Since 2009, policies have included generous subsidies for consumers in certain locations, as well as strong pressure on local governments to purchase EVs. Yet four years into the program, progress has fallen far short of the intended targets. China has only about 40,000 EVs on the road, of which roughly 80% are public fleet vehicles such as buses and sanitation vehicles. China’s EV industry faces the same challenges as companies in the West: a) high battery costs; b) inadequate range between charges; and c) no obvious infrastructure model for vehicle.

China’s EV industry faces the same challenges as companies in the West: a) high battery costs; b) inadequate range between charges; and c) no obvious infrastructure model for vehicle charging.

In addition, China’s industry is constrained by four domestic barriers.

China’s fragmented automobile industry lacks the capacity to acquire or develop world-class EV technologies. To date, attempts to induce foreign companies to transfer technologies via joint ventures have been largely unsuccessful.

Trade barriers prevent foreign firms from producing or selling EVs in China. Not only are imported cars ineligible for subsidies, there are also stringent IP transfer requirements for domestic sales of foreign-branded EVs and other “new energy vehicles.” Equally important as the international barriers, trade barriers at the city- and province-level prevent an efficient allocation of the EV manufacturing and supply chain within China.