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

84  Lihue, Kauai
87  Honolulu, Oahu 
84  Molokai
86  Kahului, Maui
86  Kailua Kona
79  Hilo, Hawaii

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

Our local winds will continue well into the future, locally
strong and gusty over the eastern islands especially

Off and on showers…primarily along our windward sides,
although elsewhere at times, quite dry through most into
Saturday…before locally heavy showers and muggy weather
arrives again Saturday night into early next week
– expect
thunderstorms and localized flooding

This looping satellite image shows the clouds in our area 

Small Craft Wind Advisory
in the windiest coasts and
channels around Maui County and the Big Island

Flash Flood Watch…state of Hawaii – 6pm Saturday
through 6pm Monday

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 local gusty trade winds will remain active through the rest of this week into early next 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 located to the northeast of the state, along with a ridge running by to our north and northwest. Meanwhile, there’s a whole host of low pressure systems, with cold fronts reaching southward…well to the northwest of our state. The forecast calls for the winds to remain active through the rest of this week into early next week.

Satellite imagery shows a mix of high, middle, and lower level clouds in our general area. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows low level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow from east to west. The high level clouds are generally offshore to the west, and are pushing in our direction. Here’s the looping radar, showing passing showers moving across our area, although generally over the offshore waters at the time of this writing. These off and on showers will fall locally, most actively along our windward sides. There are still showery clouds upstream of the islands, which will bring periodic showers our way, some of which will be locally generous. As we get into Thursday through most of Saturday, drier weather should return, until Sunday…when we should see increased showers again into the early part of next week.

Fairly normal conditions will prevail through most of Saturday…with tropical showers arriving again that night into next Monday. The recent moist conditions arrived thanks to a trough of low pressure, which moved by in the deeper tropics to our south. The moisture associated with this trough was once part of a former tropical cyclone named Fausto, in the eastern Pacific last week. At any rate, this trough brought beneficial showers, at least in some areas, which turned out to be rather heavy, bringing flooding to a few places. Drier weather should prevail through most of Saturday. The models are still trying to bring another increase in showers later this weekend, some of which will be heavy with possible flooding. A tropical depression to our east-southeast has now become more organized, which has been upgraded to tropical storm Wali…located 900+ miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. 

I flew to Los Angeles Wednesday, which was quite an adventure…as my flight out of Maui was cancelled. I was able to get on another plane, so it all turned out well for the most part. I got to the airport on Maui at 1130am, and after all the waiting for airplanes, and waiting for the shuttle to Long Beach, from the Los Angeles airport…I arrived at my Mom’s house at 105am Thursday morning. It was a major day out in public, to say the least! I’ll be staying at my Mom’s house in Long Beach for the next week, and will return to Maui July 24th. Since I’ll be in one place, and have a computer to use, I’ll continue to stay connected with you, and will update this website while I’m away. ~~~ The primary focus will be on the approach of this tropical storm towards the islands. The latest forecast suggests that it will weaken before getting near our islands, although will very likely bring muggy and showery weather conditions starting late Saturday into Sunday and Monday. I hope you have a great Thursday wherever you’re spending it, and I’ll be back (from Long Beach) with more updates on all of the above. Aloha for now…Glenn.

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

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:
  Tropical Storm 01C (Wali) has formed to the east-southeast of the Big Island…here’s the CPHC graphical track map of this first tropical cyclone of the 2014 hurricane season in the central Pacific.

Here’s a satellite image of this new tropical storm.

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

Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 09W (Rammasun) remains active moving across the South China Sea towards the China coast, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with a satellite image
animated image

Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo) is active in the northwest Pacific, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with a satellite image
animated 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:  Rainwater discovered below the Earth’s fractured upper crust – When it rains, where does the water go? Well for one, a lot of rainwater will funnel its way off roads and impermeable surfaces and will make its way into storm sewers. Another path might be directly into rivers and lakes. Or, rainwater might get soaked up by soil where it will then infiltrate into the ground and replenish aquifers. But just how deep does this rainwater infiltrate?

According to new research, rainwater can penetrate below the Earth’s fractured upper crust – which is at least eight miles below the Earth’s surface!

It had been thought that surface water could not penetrate the ductile crust – where temperatures of more than 300°C and high pressures cause rocks to flex and flow rather than fracture – but researchers have now found fluids derived from rainwater at these levels.

The research could have major implications for our understanding of earthquakes and the generation of valuable mineral deposits.

Fluids in the Earth’s crust can weaken rocks and may help to initiate earthquakes along locked fault lines. They also concentrate valuable metals such as gold. The new findings suggest that rainwater may be responsible for controlling these important processes, even deep in the Earth.

Researchers from the University of Southampton, GNS Science (New Zealand), the University of Otago, and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center studied geothermal fluids and mineral veins from the Southern Alps of New Zealand, where the collision of two tectonic plates forces deeper layers of the earth closer to the surface.

The team looked into the origin of the fluids, how hot they were and to what extent they had reacted with rocks deep within the mountain belt.

“When fluids flow through the crust they leave behind deposits of minerals that contain a small amount of water trapped within them,” says University of Southampton researcher Catriona D. Menzies. “We have analyzed these waters and minerals to identify where the fluids deep in the crust came from … Although it has been suggested before, our data shows for the first time that rainwater does penetrate into rocks that are too deep and hot to fracture.”