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

84  Lihue, Kauai
88  Honolulu, Oahu
86  Molokai
91  Kahului, Maui – record highest temperature for Thursday was 94 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 Thursday evening:

0.33  Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.37  Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.39  Molokai AP, Molokai
0.02  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.73  Kahakuloa, Maui
3.05  Island Dairy, Big Island

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

18  Poipu, Kauai

27  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
28  Molokai
35  Lanai
32  Kahoolawe
30  Kahului AP, Maui

31  PTA Keamuku, 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
much larger tropical storm Lowell further east, as well as tropical storm
Marie closer to Mexico…along with a tropical disturbance to the s
of our islands

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

Moderately strong trade winds…a few windward showers locally

High Surf Advisory…South facing shores of all islands

~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative

Ongoing trade winds continuing through the weekend….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, near 1029 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast of the state. At the same time, there’s a tropical disturbance to the southeast of Hawaii…along with three tropical storms in the eastern Pacific. Our trade winds will remain moderately strong…with some higher gusts. These long lasting trades will continue into the new week ahead.

Satellite imagery shows hardly any clouds around the islands...and those few are being carried along in the trade wind flow. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows clear to partly cloudy skies over most of the state…while there active thunderstorms far to the south, and southeast. We see the counterclockwise rotating tropical storm Karina in the picture as well…far to the east-southeast. There’s a few low clouds being carried our way, which will drop showers locally…mostly along our windward sides during the nights. Here’s the looping radar, showing very few showers moving across our island chain, which will remain the case Friday into the first part of the upcoming weekend.

Meanwhile, the tropical ocean far to our east and east-southeast remains very active…in relation to tropical cyclones. At the moment, we have an area of disturbed weather, with a low chance of developing into a tropical depression, located to the southeast of our islands. That being said, the models are keeping tropical systems well away from the Hawaiian Islands through the next week. In contrast to our rather quiet reality, the eastern Pacific has three active tropical cyclones churning the waters now. I’ll return with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Thursday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.

World-wide tropical cyclone activity:

Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones

1.)  Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a small area of low pressure located north of the Virgin Islands remains disorganized. Interaction of this system with Hispaniola could limit development through tonight. However, environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for development when the disturbance moves near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form over the weekend or by early next week. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are expected across portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands today, and over Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas tonight and Saturday. Interests in those islands should monitor the progress of this disturbance. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system this afternoon, if necessary.

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

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...60 percent * Formation chance through 5 day...high...80 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 70 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 905 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California – wind speeds 60 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image
here’s what the computer models are showing about this hurricane.

Tropical storm 13E (Marie)
is now active in the northeast Pacific, located about 325 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico – wind speeds 50 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image

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.)  Low pressure about 640 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is nearly stationary. Isolated thunderstorms continue to periodically develop near the low, but are showing little sign of organization. Conditions are conducive for only limited development over the next two days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 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:  University of Illinois studying bee venom as cancer treatment – Another reason to love bees: they might be able to help us fight cancer.

While venom isn’t usually known as a friendly thing, new research shows that venom from bees, snakes and scorpions could potentially be used to fight certain forms of cancer. While you wouldn’t go and inject someone with a dose of venom, which could have lethal effects, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that if they isolated specific proteins in the venom, these could be used in a safe way to block tumor growth.

“We have safely used venom toxins in tiny nanometer-sized particles to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in the laboratory,” study author Dipanjan Pan of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a statement. “These particles, which are camouflaged from the immune system, take the toxin directly to the cancer cells, sparing normal tissue.”

Previous studies have shown the potential power of venom, but because of the potentially very dangerous side effects of venom injection – damage to nerve cells, for example – hat power couldn’t be properly harnessed. That’s what makes this new research so exciting.

The toxins in question are peptide toxins. The researchers made a synthetic version in the lab, then injected it into the tiny nanoparticles. “The peptide toxins we made are so tightly packed within the nanoparticle that they don’t leach out when exposed to the bloodstream and cause side effects,” Pan said.