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

84  Lihue, Kauai
89  Honolulu, Oahu
85  Molokai
90  Kahului, Maui – record highest temperature for Tuesday was 98 back in…1951
87  Kailua Kona
85  Hilo, Hawaii

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

0.97  Kilohana, Kauai
0.87  Kamananui Stream, Oahu
0.14  Puu Alii, Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.65  Puu Kukui, Maui
1.19  Kealakekua, Big Island

The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Tuesday evening:

25  Port Allen, Kauai

32  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
28  Molokai
35  Lanai
33  Kahoolawe
29  Kahului, Maui

31  Kealakomo, 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
Satellite image showing tropical storm Karina to the east-southeast,  and
tropical storm Lowell further east…along with a tropical disturbance
to the
south-southwest of the islands

Here’s a real time wind profiler showing tropical storm Karina to the
east-southeast, along with tropical storm Lowell further east
…the area
to the south-southwest of the islands…has a low chance of developing

Trade winds…moderately strong – carrying windward showers
our way through Thursday…mostly during the nights

~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative

Ongoing trade winds continuing through the rest of this week….into 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. We have a moderately strong high pressure system located far to the northeast of the state. There are numerous low pressure systems located far to the northwest and north of the state. At the same time, there are many low pressure systems to the south and southeast, and east-southeast of Hawaii. Our trade winds will remain moderately strong…with some higher gusts. These long lasting trades will continue through the rest of this week into next week.

Satellite imagery shows patchy clouds over and around the islands...being carried our way on the trade winds. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows mostly clear to partly cloudy skies over most of the state…while there active thunderstorms far to the southwest, south, and southeast. There’s low clouds being carried our way, which will drop showers locally…mostly along our windward sides during the nights. There’s an especially large cloudy area with showers taking aim on the Big Island tonight…perhaps Maui with time into Wednesday morning.  There will be another large area of potential showers approaching the state again Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.  Here’s the looping radar, showing a few showers moving across our island chain…almost exclusively along the north and east facing windward coasts and slopes…which will increase at times into Wednesday.

We’ll see a modest enhancement to our local showers into Wednesday, most of which will take aim on our windward sides…although a few elsewhere at times too. Meanwhile, we aren’t out of the woods in terms of tropical cyclones in our central Pacific. This means that we’ll have to keep a close eye out for new activity to our southeast and east-southeast through the next week and longer. At the moment, we have an area of disturbed weather, with a low chance of developing into a tropical depression, located to the south of our islands . At the moment, the models are keeping tropical systems well away from the Hawaiian Islands, which of course is a good thing…stay tuned however.  I’ll return with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.

~~~ Here’s a weather product that I produced for the Pacific Disaster Center this morning.

Fun Morphing video

World-wide tropical cyclone activity:

Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones

1.)   Shower activity is currently limited in association with an elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands. Gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea. Interests in the Lesser Antilles should closely monitor the progress of this system.

Here’s what the computer models are showing, with a satellite image of this area.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...30 percent * Formation chance through 5 day...medium...50 percent

A tropical wave located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development of this system, if any, should be slow to occur during the next several days while it moves toward the west-northwest at about 10 mph.

Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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 11E (Karina) remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 1325 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii – wind speeds 50 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite imagehere’s what the computer models are showing about this storm.

Tropical storm 12E (Lowell)
remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 755 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California – wind speeds 50 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image

1.) A broad area of low pressure is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms several hundred miles south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec. Environmental conditions appear conducive for this system to develop into a tropical depression by the end of the week while it moves west-northwestward at about 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…30 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

1.)  A center of low pressure was nearly stationary about 800 miles south of Honolulu. Irregular, pulsing thunderstorms continued to develop around the low, but this feature has changed little in organization during the past 24 hours

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent

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: Toxic Algae Scare Prompts Backlash Against FarmsWhat do a no-drink order in Toledo and a backlash against factory farming have in common? A lot, as it turns out. Residents of Ohio’s fourth-largest city were advised for multiple days earlier this month to refrain from drinking their tap water because it had been contaminated by toxic algae. As residents struggled to deal with their contaminated water supply, the culprit behind the problem became readily apparent: factory farms. The Ohio Agriculture Advisory Council (OAAC) is proposing a regulatory crackdown that could forever change industrial farming practices in this Midwestern state.

The chain between factory farms and contaminated drinking water is a long one. It starts with confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), where animals are kept in close quarters in order to maximize production. This generates a huge volume of waste, which is stored in massive lagoons like the one seen above. That waste isn’t treated, however, and when those lagoons overflow or contaminate groundwater, the result is a release of waste filled with a variety of potentially infectious organisms — and nutrients that algae and plants love to feed on.

This causes a phenomenon known as nutrient pollution (another culprit for nutrient pollution is fertilizer runoff from industrial agriculture), where waterways become choked by organisms that are growing out of control because they’re getting far more nutritional support than they usually do. They can out-compete native species and totally change aquatic environments. And they can cause drinking water contamination, which leads to large-scale no-drink orders like the one that just happened in Toledo.

While factory farming is bad news for a number of reasons (not least of which is animal welfare), this is a huge problem — and it’s one that is very poorly regulated. Limited restrictions on how waste is collected, controlled and treated exist, and inspectors are overstressed with demanding schedules, which leaves few opportunities for monitoring farms in their regions. As a result, farms can store manure in unsafe conditions with few repercussions. Despite multiple record-breaking waste spills in regions across the United States, regulators have been slow to act on the problem. CAFO operators aren’t required to treat their waste, and often pass the responsibility for cleanup on to government agencies and other parties, sometimes escaping without even a fine for their activities.