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Flash flood watch continues as storm moves down island chain


Hawaii News Digest, 24 October 2017, 0440 UTC, Post #15827.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/23/weather-updates/flash-flood-watch-continued-as-storm-moves-down-island-chain

Accessed on 24 October 2017, 0440 UTC.

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Comment:

A cold front accompanied by heavy showers and thunderstorms is moving slowly down the island chain from Kauai to Hawaii Island.  The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued its flash flood watch for Oahu, Maui Island, and Hawaii Island.  The brunt of the storm is expected to pass east of Hawaii Island on Wednesday or Thursday evening.

In addition to heavy showers, Hawaii Island residents are being advised not to travel to the Mauna Kea summit because of high and dangerous winds:

“A high wind warning was issued for Big Island summits until 6 p.m. Tuesday, with southwest winds of 40 to 60 mph and localized gusts of more than 66 mph along the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Operators of high profile vehicles should drive with caution. Travel to the Big Island summits is not advised until the winds have subsided.”

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Flood advisory issued for Oahu on Friday


Hawaii News Digest, 13 October 2017, 1515 UTC, Post #15763.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/10/13/flood-advisory-for-oahu-until-530-a-m-friday/

Accessed on 13 October 2017, 1515 UTC.

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Comment:

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for Oahu communities until 5:30 a.m. Friday morning (13 October 2017).  The advisory could be extended if heavy rains continue along windward sections of Oahu from Kahuku to Kaneohe. Residents are urged to stay off the roads and avoid streams, drainage ditches, and low lying areas.

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Flash flood warning cancelled for Maui


Hawaii News Digest, 13 October 2017, 0405 UTC, Post #15761.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/12/weather-updates/flash-flood-warning-issued-for-maui-2/

Accessed on 13 October 2017, 0405 UTC.

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Comment:

The National Weather Service has cancelled the flash flood warning for Maui.  Earlier Thursday afternoon (12 October 2017), heavy rainfall created dangerous road conditions in the West Maui Mountains and over the Haleakala Highway.  Heavy showers are expected to last through the weekend, with gradually improving conditions by Sunday afternoon.

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Hawaii dodges major storms


Hawaii News Digest, 09 October 2017, 0035 UTC, Post #15738.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hawaii-dodges-major-storms

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 09 October 2017, 0035 UTC.

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Comment:

While the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the mainland United States got pounded by super storms such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the State of Hawaii has been fortunate to have only been threatened by two storms–Hurricane Fernanda and Tropical Storm Gregg.  Both July storms never came close to Hawaii.

Kevin Kodama, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, says Hawaii was lucky this year:

“Most of the storms stayed to the east of our basin boundaries…We only had two come across (the central Pacific) and they didn’t last long. The last three years have been very active. The Big Island was hit two out of the last three years — in 2014 (Tropical Storm Iselle) and in 2016 (Tropical Storm Darby) — so I think a break was nice.”

The Central Pacific Hurricane Season ends on 30 November 2017.

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Laupahoehoe has driest September on record


Hawaii News Digest, 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15730.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/laupahoehoe-has-driest-september-recod-below-average-rainfall-continues-east-hawaii

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC.

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Comment:

A prolonged dry period continues for much of the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island.  According to National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama rainfall in East Hawaii “reached below normal throughout the county.” Laupahoehoe even set a record for lack of rain for the month of September.

Here are the rainfall totals from Kodama and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources:

“In 2017, Laupahoehoe so far has received 45.43 inches of rain, 43 percent of its normal 106.45 inches. Papaikou received 88.69 inches in 2017, 59 percent of the 149.97 inches it normally gets by the end of September.”

“Hilo International Airport, for the year, has recorded 57.53 inches, 64 percent of its normal 89.88 inches for the year, according to the NWS.”

“Kona got 6.3 inches so far this year, 77 percent of the normal 13.79 inches. But September was a bright spot for the West Hawaii area.”

“The Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport gauge recorded more than double its normal September rainfall — 1.97 inches compared to the typical .84 of an inch.”

“That, Kodama said, might have helped Kona have fewer water-shortage problems while two deep wells weren’t functioning.”

“He said the Kona area has actually been doing better lately, with the entire coffee belt looking relatively good for moisture accumulation.”

“Kodama said it was “an unusual September” for weather on the Big Island, and for Hawaii in general.”

Kodama adds that rainfall totals in East Hawaii will continue to fall below normal for the next several months.

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Fernanda strengthens to a category 4 storm


Hawaii News Digest, 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15321.

Source:

http://staradvertiser.com/2017/07/13/breaking-news/fernanda-becomes-a-hurricane-continues-march-toward-central-pacific/

Accessed on 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC.  Updated on 14 July 2017, 7:17 a.m. (HST)/17:17 hrs (UTC).

As of 5:00 a.m. (HST) Friday, 14 July 2017, Hurricane Fernanda was approximately 2,355 miles/3815.1 km east of Hilo, Hawaii.  The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph/186.3 km/hr and is moving west at 12 mph/19.44 km/hr.

According to Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, Fernanda may weaken a bit as it enters the cooler waters of the central pacific:

“The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving west toward the Central Pacific.”

“But it should weaken early next week as it takes a northwesterly turn over cooler waters. On Tuesday, Fernanda is expected to be a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and a few hundred miles west of the Central Pacific.”

“It is still too far from Hawaii to know whether it will have a direct impact on the state’s weather later in the month.”

Still, Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said Wednesday, “We urge everyone to prepare for the hurricane. There is ample time for people to review a plan. If you don’t have a plan, we urge people to have that done.”

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Tropical Storm Ulika could bring heavy rain | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


“Be prepared for a possibly wet weekend.”

Source: Tropical Storm Ulika could bring heavy rain | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/tropical-storm-ulika-could-bring-heavy-rain).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

National Weather Service forecaster Matt Foster tells reporter John Burnett that Hawaii Island residents should prepare for a wet weekend, as Tropical Storm Ulika approaches the island.

Foster says “There will probably be some increase in showers, but here is some (computer) model discrepancy as to how widespread it’s going to be.”

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 29 September 2016, Ulika remained a tropical storm with its center around 930 miles southeast of Hilo.  Ulika has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving northwest at 10 mph.

The National Weather Service says Ulika will weaken and “become a remnant low-pressure system as early as today.”  The storm could also bring high wind gusts and higher surf.


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