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

86  Lihue, Kauai
90  Honolulu, Oahu – record high temperature for Thursday was 94 degrees…back in 1986
86  Molokai
88  Kahului, Maui 
87  Kailua Kona
86  Hilo, Hawaii

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

0.19  Kilohana, Kauai
0.28  Moanalua RG, Oahu
0.06  Molokai AP, Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.56  Ulupalakua, Maui
0.47  Honaunau, Big Island

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

18  Poipu, Kauai

23  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
23  Molokai
31  Lanai
23  Kahoolawe
24  Kapalua, Maui

22  Kaupulehu, 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 imagery shows category 1 hurricane Norbert far to the east,
along with
former tropical cyclone Marie northeast of Hawaii

the lower picture shows a closer view of Hawaii

Here’s a real time wind profiler showing a couple of counter-clockwise
rotating low pressure systems…with the biggest spin being Norbert far
east towards Mexico

Light to moderate trade winds with afternoon upcountry clouds and
showers here and there…along with some windward showers locally
mostly during the night and early morning hours

~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative

The trade winds will remain active through the rest of the week into next week…light to moderately strong in general. 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 find a weak high pressure system to the west, with the primary high pressure cell far to our northeast. At the same time, there’s a low pressure system, a former tropical cyclone, slowly dissipating to the northeast of Hawaii. 

Satellite imagery shows clear to partly cloudy skies over the islands…with cloudy areas over the islands locally. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows areas of thunderstorms well offshore to the south of Hawaii…with associated high cirrus migrating northward. The light winds locally will prompt afternoon clouds and showers over our leeward upcountry locally. As the trades firm over the next few days, the windward sides will begin to collect some incoming showers too. Here’s the looping radar, showing some showers moving across our island chain, which will continue in an off and on manner, remaining somewhat less active than normal. I’ll be back 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

An area of low pressure, associated with a tropical wave, is producing disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms near and south of the Cape Verde Islands. Some slow development of this system is possible over the next several days while it moves westward at about 15 mph. This system could still bring locally heavy rain and gusty winds in squalls to portions of the Cape Verde Islands today.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium…30 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:
Hurricane 14E (Norbert) remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 140 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…with sustained winds of near 90 mph. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image. Here’s what the computer models are showing for this category 1 hurricane.

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

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: Innovative Recycling Program Turns Bottles Into Subway Rides Forget your reusable bottle at home this morning and find yourself towing an unwanted plastic bottle? If you are in Beijing, you are in luck — you could trade in that empty bottle for a subway ticket. “Reverse vending machines” in subway stations around the city allow riders to deposit polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles in exchange for a commuter pass or mobile phone credit.

Donors receive 5 fen to 1 yuan (about 16 cents) for each PET bottle, depending on its weight and composition. Incom Recycling, which is owned by Asia’s largest PET processor, Incom Resources Recovery, first introduced the system to Beijing subway stops in late 2012, with 10 machines across the city. The company has since expanded to include 34 machines, and it plans to install as many as 3,000 across the city, according to local media reports.

The machines would seem like a great way to encourage recycling in a city of upwards of 20 million. Except that Beijing doesn’t have a plastics recycling problem — it already has a 90 percent recycling rate for PET bottles, above most cities around the world. This is not because recycling is a regular behavior in Beijing (or the rest of China), but because there are countless migrant workers who pick through the city’s waste and collect plastic bottles, which are then processed and re-purposed by large companies like Incom, or at one of thousands of small recycling workshops.

Incom intends to use the machines to bypass informal collectors and earn additional revenue from the machines in the form of advertisements, according to a 2012 story by the Guardian. As Shanghai-based author and Bloomberg columnist Adam Minter has remarked, in contrast to the West, recycling is more of an economic activity than an environmental pursuit in China.