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Fernanda brings things down on Oahu

For vacationers in Honolulu, the nearby passage of Fernanda likely didn’t ruin anyone’s time there, but it certainly did affect the weather. Aside from the waves on the North Shore, there were also morning spots of drizzle in Honolulu, and a high temperature that only managed to reach 83 on Monday afternoon, several degrees off of what is typical. While many of us wish we could spend some time in Hawai’i, the NWS actually does have forecasters there, and they clearly know what they are doing, scoring a fairly easy victory.
Actuals: Monday – Trace of rain, High 83, Low 75
Tuesday – Trace of rain, High 88, Low 76

Grade: A-C

Honolulu, Hawai’i

It’s not often we get this far away from home, but indeed, we are headed for the Islands for our forecast today. How different is life in Honolulu in the middle of the summer?

At 453 AM, Hawaiian time, Honolulu was reporting mostly cloudy skies with a temperature of 75 degrees. The western islands were generally reporting overcast skies as a overnight band of showers shifted into the open Pacific, while areas exposed to the trades were generally a few degrees warmer. Northern exposures of all of the Hawaiian islands were under high surf advisories, as the remnants of Ferrnanda drifted east and north of the chain.
Fernanda will skirt the northern end of the islands through the early morning hours on Monday, elevating the surf on the north sides of the islands, while also bringing clouds and a chance of showers. The rain and thunder in the interior mountains of Oahu will continue through the early afternoon, with the sun returning without interference by evening. Tropical features are lining up in the eastern Pacific, but high pressure will stamp out any advance on the islands, while the storms will sap any moisture from the trades. Tuesday will be another great day in Hawai’i
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with showers and storms,HIgh 88, Low 76
Tuesday – Sunny and wonderful, High 90, low 75

TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 86, Low 76
Tuesday – Mostly sunny skies High 86, Low 76

AW: Tomorrow – Clouds and sun with a couple of soaking showers; watch for rough surf and rip currents High 88, Low 76
Tuesday – Partly sunny; a shower or two in the morning followed by a shower in spots in the afternoon High 88, Low 77

NWS: Tomorrow – Scattered showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Partly sunny, High 86, Low 75
Tomorrow- Isolated showers. Mostly sunny High 88, Low 76

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. High 79, Low 76
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Showers likely in the morning then scattered showers in the afternoon. High 81, Low 78

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with scattered showers, High 86, Low 75
Tuesday – Partly cloudy with scattered showers, High 90, Low 75

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain in the morning and afternoon. High 85, Low 75
Tuesday – Partly cloudy until morning and breezy starting in the evening, continuing until night. High 85, Low 74

It blows my mind that we are so all over on this forecast! Very interesting, and it will be important to see how those mountains on the interior of Oahu affect everything on the southern shores.  Here is the satellite, showing a wave shifting out of the picture.

Richmond, Virginia to Honolulu, Hawaii

We’re off again, this time, we’re doing a little air travel! As anyone who has seen this before may know, instead of a road trip forecast (as there are no roads to Hawaii) we will instead do a flight forecast. I took the top result from Richmond to Honolulu when searching on Kayak.com. As a result, we will be forecasting for a 403 flight from Richmond to Charlotte, followed by a flight to Portland Oregon. We will be in Portland overnight, taking off at 7am Tuesday morning. Shall we fly the friendly skies?

Flight One: RIC-CLT
There has been a sharp trough along the east coast that hasn’t been doing a lot for precipitation, but has been producing a few bumps for travelers. Fortunately, this trough will be kicking off shore by the time we set forth for Charlotte, and the short flight will be at an altitude much lower than where the threat for significant turbulence will be. This should be a pretty decent trip.

Flight 2: CLT-PDX
Obviously, this will be a much longer flight, taking a total of nearly 6 hours to cross the country. It will not be as gracious with the smooth air. Don’t be surprised to feel bumps soon after we cross the Mississippi, as a developing cold front will be touching off some convection, the root cause of what can be the worst turbulence. A surface low developing in the northern Plains will mean we will need to maintain some altitude to avoid the worst of the turbulence. It won’t get much better over the mountains, which are always a little rough, but showers and storms will be developing through the Great Basin as well, within a deep upper level trough. Don’t be surprised if the Captain leaves the “fasten seat belt” sign on for most of the flight to Portland. Landing may be delayed by showers and some low clouds.

Flight 3: PDX-HNL
The jet dynamics of the north Pacific will conspire to slow us down. We will initially need to get above the cloud deck along the Oregon coast, but we won’t want to climb too quickly, as there is a very strong jet stream pointed right at the coast on Tuesday morning. This will make for very rough skies and very slow travel speed. We will stay low, for comfort, though that will mean slower air speed as well, because of various centrifugal affects. After about 2 hours in the air, though, we will be able to climb into a ridge of high pressure that will keep us calm and speeding right along across the rest of the Pacific. Our arrival, just before noon in Hawaii, will be before afternoon showers come sweeping over the northern side of the interior mountains.

I remember the tropics being warmer

I was in Honolulu just this past November, and while I remember the scattered showers spilling over the high terrain of the center of Oahu and into the beautiful island city, I definitely don’t recall temperatures failing to get out of the 70s. The tropical sun regularly pushed things into the 80s. This was not the case over the weekend, as temperatures failed to reach any hiher than 77. There was a bit of rain on Sunday, so that’s not the issue either. It was just cloudy, and unusually cool for a tropical paradise. The NWS, the only weather office in Hawaii, had the top forecast.
Actuals: Saturday, High 76, Low 65
Sunday – .02 inches of rain, High 77, Low 65

Grade: A-D

Honolulu, Hawaii

It’s Friday! Lots of people around the country are embarking on Spring Break this coming week. Today we visit a place more known for being a honeymoon destination than Spring Break shenanigans, Honolulu! Surely it will be a lovely weekend there, right?!

At 1153am HST, the temperature at Honolulu, HI was 74 degrees under partly cloudy skies. A cutoff low pressure system is found north of the Hawaiian Islands, trailing a cold front off to the east. Luckily this front should remain well off to the east so it won’t bring heavy rain to anybody’s weekend plans. An impulse riding along the boundary could bring some heavier showers to the big island on Sunday evening, but Honolulu should only see a slight chance of your typical trade showers, as is pretty common. Overall, other than being a few degrees cooler than normal, it should be a nice weekend!

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, couple isolated showers. High 75, Low 65.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 73, Low 65.

TWC: Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 73, Low 65.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 64.

AW: Saturday: Cloudy and breezy. High 77, Low 67.
Sunday: Cloudy. High 76, Low 65.

NWS: Saturday: Isolated showers. High 78, Low 65.
Sunday: Isolated showers. High 77, Low 65.

WB: Saturday: Rain showers. High 76, Low 63.
Sunday: Partly sunny, scattered showers. High 77, Low 63.

WN: Saturday: Partly cloudy with showers likely. High 75, Low 63.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 77, Low 63.

FIO: Saturday: Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 71, Low 67.
Sunday: Overcast throughout the day. High 69, Low 67.

Here we see a streak of clouds over the region, could they bring some weekend showers to the area? Let’s hope not!

Honolulu blog round up

Hey everyone, no real posts today, so instead, we’re looking at the weather blogs that focus on Hawaii and Honolulu specifically.

Hawaii News Now Weather Anchor Malika Dudley has a blog (Life’s Swell) that is generally a personal blog, but she might drop a tidbit in every once in a while. Either way, Malika has a fun style to her writing.

KHON2 doesn’t actually have a blog, but I like their coverage of the entire Pacific.

There is a decided lack of weather blogging in Hawaii. Apparently people there have better things to do than to stay inside and surf the ‘net.

Honolulu, Hawaii to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Ah yes, the trip across the ocean from Honolulu. Obviously, we can’t drive the distance, but sights like Kayak offer you the option to search for flights. I am going with the cheapest 1 way flight that came up that begins tomorrow. IT is a US airways flight that departs Honolulu late, at 1050pm tomorrow for Phoenix, after which it will head for DFW (but only after a 4 1/2 hour layover) I’ll give the flight forecast for the trip, take offs, landings, turbulence etc.

The good news is, there isn’t much going on across the central Pacific. There might be a few showers over Honolulu, but the chances for that are very low, especially at about 11 at night. Even if the showers do move in, expect them to move out very quickly. We should be able to sleep just fine on our red eye flight to Phoenix as it will be high pressure the whole way in. The nice thing, too, is that our arrival in Phoenix will be just before 8AM, which will be nice as we land. If it gets too hot, then… well, you’ll see when we land at DFW.
The flight from Phoenix to Dallas will be similarly pleasant, as there won’t be any strong upper features to provide issues as we head to the east. There might be a bump or two as we fly over elevation, and we may have avoid a thunderstorm or two over the Texas Panhandle, but they won’t be so widespread that we have to fly through them, and they won’t provide too much discomfort for passengers. As we land at DFW, however, temperatures will be in the 90s all ready, which often causes it’s own problems. Heat at the surface can rise rapidly and really affect a plane upon it’s descent, causing it to pitch and bounce as it gets near the runway. This will probably be the worst part of the trip, if one of those thermals starts to ascend right under our landing aircraft. IT happens every day, though, and we shouldn’t worry about a thing.

Trouble in Paradise

We have had quite the Hawaiian adventure lately, first with a our flight from Alabama to Hawaii, then the forecast on Tuesday for Honolulu that Anthony drafted. He “rolled the dice” and said Honolulu would stay dry on Wednesday, however a boundary lingering over the islands had other plans, and over a quarter inch of rain fell in Honolulu, with a lingering trace on Thursday. Tough time to take a honeymoon, now? As you can imagine, temperature forecasts were all really well done, but the top forecast went to Accuweather.
Actuals: Wednesday – .28 inches of rain, High 82, Low 71
Thursday – Trace of rain, High 83, Low 72

Grade: A

Honolulu, Hawaii

As I look out my window and see some light snow falling, it makes me wish even more I was at where I am forecasting for. Thankfully, today it’s Hawaii and not the Yukon.

At 8:53am HST (Hawaii Standard Time, 4 hours behind us in the Central time zone), the temperature at Honolulu was 79 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Being located in the tropics, normally Honolulu doesn’t have to worry about many synoptic systems sweeping through the region, like our cold fronts and inverted troughs and explosive low pressure systems. However, the tail end of a stationary front found a little bit to the north of the islands is enhancing some shower activity, although most of that should stay off to the north. A weak disturbance east of the Hawaiian Islands has been very slowly trekking westward and could bring some showers to the area in the next couple of days. Thursday will be a better chance of this activity making it to Honolulu, as some of the lighter stuff on Wednesday might not make it over the mountains that make up the island chain to affect the capital. Most sites are giving a chance of showers on both days, but I’m rolling the dice and saying the first day of the new month will stay dry. Will VicWx prevail? Stay tuned!

Wednesday: Increasing clouds. High 82, Low 71.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, a few showers possible. High 82, Low 73.

TWC: Wednesday: Scattered showers. High 83, Low 72.
Thursday: Better chance of scattered showers. High 82, Low 73.

AW: Wednesday: Scatted shower possible. High 81, Low 71.
Thursday: Breezy with a few scattered showers. High 82, Low 72.

NWS: Wednesday: Scattered showers possible. High 80, Low 71.
Thursday: Widespread showers likely. High 80, Low 72.

WB: Wednesday: Rain expected. High 82. Low 63.
Thursday: Widespread rain showers expected, heavy rains at times possible. High 82. Low 63.

Weatherbug is going significantly colder than everybody else on their lows, and the lowest they’ve gotten in the last 72hrs is 69 degrees. Do they know something we don’t? Time will tell I suppose. Here we see some high clouds to the west.

Flight from Dothan, Alabama to Honolulu, Hawai’i

Yeah, this little bugger certainly can’t be a road trip, can it? Instead, we’ll be flying from Dothan to Atlanta tomorrow at 2pm, then flying to Portland, Oregon at 6 and arrive their at 10 local time. Following that, we will unfortunately be laid over in Oregon (not that Oregon is a bad place) overnight before finishing the flight to Hawaii at 9 the next morning. So let’s head out on this lengthy, three part flight. (Flight was the cheapest found on www.kayak.com)

Flying from Dothan to Atlanta will likely be pretty easy on our stomachs and our watch, as there won’t be much turbulence, even for our prop plane to Atlanta. There won’t be any limiting conditions, and wind will be calm for the duration of our brief flight.
Heading from Atlanta to Portland will be a somewhat different story. A jet is running along the eastern slope of the Rockies, which should cause a bit of turbulence, amplifying what we typically would see over the Rockies with mountain waves. Turbulence won’t be severe, but we will probably have to buckle up for the last third of the trip. Some lingering moisture will cause snow in the Cascades as we land in Portland tomorrow night, but we shouldn’t have any delays.
The last leg of the journey will be pretty harmless in it’s middle. After we get off the coast, there will be another cold front trying to work it’s way ashore, and we may have to contend with the jet slowing us down for the first hour or two, generally during the ascent on our flight out to Honolulu. There will likely be a thunderstorm or two north of the Hawaiian Islands as we make our descent, but Oahu and Honolulu itself are going to be left alone, and we should land mostly problem free. Winds to 15mph could cause a little side to side pitch on descent, but no real turbulence. After that, enjoy Honolulu!