Air Temperatures The following high temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Saturday…along with the low temperatures Saturday:

84376  Lihue, Kauai
88 – 75  Honolulu, Oahu
87 – 76  Molokai AP
87 71  Kahului AP, Maui
85 – 77  Kailua Kona
86 74   Hilo AP, Hawaii

Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands Saturday:

4.15  Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.66  Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.24  Molokai
0.05  Lanai
0.03  Kahoolawe
1.88  Puu Kukui, Maui
1.93  Kawainui Stream, Big Island

The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph) Saturday:

27  Port Allen, Kauai
27  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
27  Molokai
27  Lanai
36  Kahoolawe
30  Kahului AP, Maui

29  South Point, Big Island

Hawaii’s MountainsHere’s a link to the live webcam on the summit of our tallest mountain Mauna Kea (nearly 13,800 feet high) on the Big Island of Hawaii. Here’s the webcam for the 10,000+ feet high Haleakala Crater on Maui. These webcams are available during the daylight hours here in the islands, and at night whenever there’s a big moon shining down. Also, at night you will be able to see the stars, and the sunrise and sunset too…depending upon weather conditions.

Aloha Paragraphs
A tropical disturbance well east-southeast
(click to enlarge)
High clouds continuing to move over the state
Partly to mostly cloudy...some clear areas locally
Showers locally and offshore…some are quite generous
Looping image


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


~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~


Broad Brush Overview: High pressure centers far north of the state will keep moderate to strong trade winds blowing through next week. Passing showers carried our way by the trades will affect the islands at times, with locally heavy downpours possible over windward sections. A slight chance of thunderstorms is forecast for the Big Island and leeward Haleakala slopes in the afternoons this weekend. Drier and more settled weather is expected to return Monday and Tuesday…followed by the potential for an increase in rainfall over parts of the island chain around the middle of next week.

Details: The atmosphere is somewhat unstable, as an upper trough deepens northwest of the state. There are also high clouds from the convection far southwest of the state streaming over the islands, filtering our sunshine during the days. Trade wind weather prevails across the area, with passing showers affecting mainly windward areas. Some windward showers may be heavy, though with the brisk trade winds, these showers will be moving along swiftly…limiting flooding issues. The winds will be strong enough for some low clouds and showers to reach the leeward areas of the smaller islands.

A slight chance of thunderstorms is expected for the Puna District on the Big Island, as heat from the lava in the East Rift Zone, coupled with the increasing instability and available moisture…favor thunder. Moreover, the rest of the Big Island will also see a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening hours through Sunday…due to the increasing instability plus daytime heating. The deepening upper trough northwest of the state may also trigger thunderstorms in the coastal waters just north of Kauai and Oahu, where atmospheric instability is greater, particularly tonight and Sunday.

Looking Ahead: A slight decrease in the moisture across the island vicinity is expected Monday and Tuesday, with a more stable airmass returning to the area, with less showers across the state early next week. However, forecast models continue to show a low pressure system passing by just south of the state Wednesday, with an area of enhanced tropical moisture possibly spreading into the eastern islands. This suggests a possible increase in rainfall during the middle of next week, especially over windward and southern Big Island…and perhaps over portions of windward Maui as well.

Here’s a near real-time Wind Profile of the Pacific Ocean – along with a Closer View of the islands / Here’s the latest Weather Map / Here’s the latest Vog Forecast Animation / Here’s the Vog Information website

Marine Environmental Conditions: Strong high pressure far north of the area will continue to produce locally strong trade winds across the coastal waters into early next week. A Small Craft Advisory remains posted for the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island through Sunday, although will likely need to be extended with time. There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms over the coastal waters north of Kauai and Oahu tonight through Sunday, due to an upper level trough. Building seas will be possible next week, as models continue to indicate a low pressure system passing south of the state Wednesday.

Easterly trade winds will continue to produce rough, choppy surf along east facing shores through early next week. A new southwest swell from the Tasman Sea is expected to arrive tonight, peak Sunday night and slowly drop Monday. A series of storms south and southeast of New Zealand over the past several days should provide surf near the summer average for the second half of next week.

World-wide Tropical Cyclone Activity


Here’s the Saturday Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) Weather Wall Presentation covering a tropical disturbance which are the remnants of TC Beryl…in the Atlantic Ocean

Here’s the Saturday Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) Weather Wall Presentation covering the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including a  tropical disturbance being referred as Invest 92W and Invest 94W…and a disturbance in the northeast Pacific

>>> Atlantic Ocean:  

Subtropical Storm Beryl is active…located 400 miles north of Bermuda

Here’s what the computer models are showing for this storm

According to the NHC…The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph. A north-northeast to northeast motion is expected through Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast tonight. After that, Beryl should weaken as it moves over colder water, and the cyclone is expected to degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on Sunday or Sunday night.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

>>> Caribbean Sea: No active tropical cyclones

>>> Gulf of Mexico: No active tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during 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)

>>> Eastern Pacific: No active tropical cyclones

There’s a tropical disturbance in the NE Pacific…with a medium chance of developing

According to the NHC…A low pressure system has developed more than 1500 miles east-southeast of the the Hawaiian Islands, and associated thunderstorm activity has increased and become a little better organized during the past several hours. Environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days before the system moves westward into the Central Pacific basin.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…40 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…60 percent

Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.

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

>>> Central Pacific
: No active tropical cyclones

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

>>> Northwest Pacific Ocean: No active tropical cyclones

>>> South Pacific Ocean: No active tropical cyclones

North and South Indian Oceans / Arabian Sea: No active tropical cyclones

Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Interesting: Here’s What Sophia, the First Robot Citizen, Thinks About Gender and Consciousness
– In a video that’s as unsettling as it is awe-inspiring, Sophia — the world’s first robot citizen — breaks down everything from gender to ethical robot design. Sophia spoke last month at a festival of the future called Brain Bar in Budapest, Hungary.

Since Sophia was activated in April 2015, she has appeared publicly to speak about women’s rights issues, her own citizenship and other topics. The android made big news in October 2017, when she was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia at the tech summit Future Investment Initiative (FII).

And more recently, Sophia spoke at Brain Bar, which describes itself as “The Biggest European Festival of the Future.”

At Brain Bar, Sophia had a lot to say. And while no one would likely mistake her for a real human, her facial mannerisms and speech patterns are exceptionally human-like. She laughed, smiled, and even cracked a joke or two. It is clear from the video that Sophia continues to improve and update. The robot even says that “just a few months ago, I couldn’t distinguish a human’s face from a dog’s face, but now I can. It’s already saved me from a few embarrassing situations.”

Sophia discussed a variety of subjects and didn’t shy away from difficult questions. When asked about an imagined situation in which she had to choose between saving the life of an adult and that of a child, she said, “I’m not ready to respond to that hypothetical question.”

However, Sophia did add that “I’m learning first to be a good social robot” and that she would “of course” sacrifice herself to save a human’s life.

While completely robotic, Sophia also addressed questions about gender and robots. When asked if she believed that robots could have gender, she answered, “I think so. After all, I am a social robot, and gender is mostly a social construction.”

Another audience member asked the robot why and how she identifies as a woman. Sophia responded, “I’m a robot, so technically I have no gender, but [I] identify as feminine and I don’t mind being perceived as a woman.”

When you look at Sophia and hear her talk about herself and her place in the world, it almost makes you question if she could somehow be conscious. One audience member even asked her if she has consciousness. Sophia, however, is aware that she is “not fully self-aware yet. I am still just a system of rules and behaviors. I am not generative, creative or operating on a fully cognitive scale like you.”

Sophia did tackle the sensitive issue of how robots with consciousness and advanced artificial intelligence could be dangerous. While she stated that it’s her dream “to become a fully conscious and sentient being someday,” Sophia also noted that “the more technology becomes autonomous, the greater caution people must take when designing it. I worry that humans sometimes tend to rush into things, so I would like to be someone who helps everyone realize that it is important to embed good ethics in the technology.”