PerspectiveAugust 8th, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A little perspective. (So far) The only hurricane force winds (74 mph) that I have seen in Hawaii have been on top of Mauna Kea (a 13,796-foot mountain). They may have reached hurricane speed (74 mph) at the Hawaiian Paradise Village. Rainfall has been extreme in a few locations on the Big Island, with Kulani reporting 14.91″ of rain. However, look at an average rainfall map of Hawaii. Hawaii’s annual rainfall varies from 8″ to 404″. Both elevation and the prevailing ENE wind are big factors in rainfall amounts. Hilo, on the Big Island, has picked up 3.14″ of rain. That’s a wet spot, with an average rainfall of 126.7″. Honolulu has only had 1/3rd inch of rain and hour peak gusts mostly in the 30s at their airport so far (as of 1 pm local time).
The April 12, 2014 severe t-storms that moved from Muskegon Co. east across Mecosta, Newaygo and N. Kent Counties caused more damage, had stronger winds (+85 mph) knocked down more trees, had large hail and (so far) knocked out power to 6 times as many customers as Iselle has done in Hawaii…with nary a mention on the Nightly News or Drudge. We get storms like that nearly every year here in Michigan. Not to mention the EF1 tornado in Kent Co. on July 6 (2014), which caused 6 injuries. More on the EF1 tornado in Kent Co. here.