Hurricanes near HawaiiAugust 7th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Sat. AM- Here’s Big Island radar, Hawaii composite radar and current Hawaii weather observations. Check out damage reports from Hawaii. So far mostly some scattered trees and power lines down mostly on the Big Island and Maui, about 23,000 without power at some point. There was some roof damage at Hawaiian Paradise Village (I wonder if that wasn’t a brief, small tornado that hurricanes often spin up). That appears to be the only location that might have had hurricane force winds (74 mph). One station had sustained wind of 50 mph with a gust to 71 mph. Oahu Forest at 2,293 ft. elevation – windward – had a gust to 72 mph. To put this in perspective – there were stronger wind gusts, more trees and wires down and more than triple the power outages in the April 12 (Saturday) severe thunderstorm that moved from Muskegon to near Saginaw. Here’s the latest update on Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle is now a weakening tropical depression. The center of Iselle should pass about 135 miles south-southwest of Kauai on Saturday. The top of Mauna Kea reported an east wind of 82 mph with a temperature of 37 at 1 am Friday! Here’s webcams from Mauna Kea. Closer to sea level, Kanuela reported heavy rain and a NE wind at 25 mph with gusts in the to 46 mph. Route 11 (Keaau to Volcano Hwy) and Route 132 were blocked by downed trees S of Hilo, HI, Hawaii PD reports. 24-rainfall amounts as of 1 pm local time: Big Island: 14.91″ Kulani, 14.01″ Glenwood, 12.85″ Kakalau, 12.84″ Pali 2, 3.14″ Hilo. Here’s a map of average rainfall in Hawaii…which varies from 8″ to 404″ with elevation and the prevailing ENE wind big factors in the rainfall disparity. More Hawaii webcams. Map of the Big Island of Hawaii. Waves up to 25 feet. Video of big waves (can you see the surfers?). Honolulu reports less than 1/2″ of rain. Following Iselle, we have Hurricane Julio, which is weakening and will be downgraded to a Tropical Storm The center of Julio should stay well north of the islands (see track in the bottom image here). Iselle (first storm with the more southern track) will have a bigger impact on the islands. The Big Island of Hawaii’s northeast coast took the hardest hit with gusts to 60 mph and heavy rains that will cause flooding. All public schools were closed Friday in Hawaii. BTW – they had a 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered near the NW corner of the Big Island of Hawaii. There is also super-typhoon Genevieve far west of Hawaii moving over open ocean.
Updated Atlantic hurricane outlook from NOAA calls for increased chance (70%) of below-normal season.
Hurricane Bertha is a plain old low pressure center now moving into NW Europe. Here’s the last track map on Bertha. Typhoon Halong will bring heavy rain and strong wind to Japan. 46.14 inches (1172mm) of rain fell in parts of Kochi Prefecture in 72-hours!
Unrelated, but this is for the weather geeks. From 1999. Can you believe a Lifted Index of -17 and CAPE of 9485??!! Time to get familiar with the basement! ALSO: NOAA says chance of El Nino this winter down from 75% to 65%. I’ve been saying strong weak to weak moderate El Nino. Weak El Ninos can mean cold or snowy winters and early winters in Michigan. If anyone is saying “Super Nino” or “strong El Nino”…don’t buy it.
The 89-degree high temp in Death Valley, California on Aug 3 broke the previous record low max of 104 deg set in 1945 (15 degrees!).