Rainfall uptick Wednesday
It remained cloudy much of the day and the rain my gauge this morning at 4AM held .70 inches which is about twice normal for late August.
Temps were only 2 degrees cooler due to the cloud cover.
I checked the gauge again at 6AM and another .30 had fallen since 4AM so my total was a full inch for the past 24 hours! That's a LOT for this time of year.
Updated: 7:38 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
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Nothing new to report
Very normal here for the past week or so. Slight rainfall which is usually about a quarter inch overnight. Clear skies in the early morning with sunny, breezy days, orographic cloud buildups against the mountains in the afternoon and normal temps at sea level of 82 high and 70 or so as the low.
If things change I'll make another blog entry.
"Oh what a beautiful morning"
And I'm sure it will also be a beautiful day judging by the clear skies this morning. No rain for a couple of days which has allowed my contractor to start the powerwashing and painting of my metal roof. He will likely finish in a couple of days as this house, plus the carport outbuilding, is rather large when it comes to square footage. This is a procedure that must be done about every 10 years since this is a very high rainfall area where the average is over 170 inches per year. If a corrugated steel roof is kept in good condition, it will last for at least 100 years. Probably longer than the house itself.
The stars are out brightly now and my old friend from early childhood..the constellation Orion is about 45 degrees above the eastern horizon signifying the approach of autumn and the winter that will follow. I got to 'know' Orion when I was about 5 years old or so which was 70 years ago!! Orion is the hunter. I've been a farmer for 30 years so we make good companions.
Winter will bring our rainy season so this is the best time to get things such as roof maintenance done as we are now in the driest part of the year for the windward side of the Big Island. The precip totals will increase starting in mid October at the latest and run through May.
A bit less wet yesterday
The rain gauge holds .70 inches this morning. Right now at 5AM, the sky is mostly clear, temp is 70F and Venus is shining brightly in the pre-dawn sky. I believe I also saw either a satellite or even the International Space Station moving across the sky. With a nearly New Moon, the heavens are quite prominent.
A deluge hit overnight last nigh
I logged 2.3 inches of precip from 6AM Sunday to 6AM Monday. Quite unusual for this time of year. Temps are normal. Quite a bit of sun this afternoon but now the rains have begun again at nearly 6PM
Warm and dry for two days
We are not experiencing the major drought conditions that exist on the leeward side of the island as well as portions of the southern coastal areas of Ka'u and South Kona on up to the lee portions of North Kona and Kohala but our rainfall here in Hilo is quite a bit below normal but our total number of days with rain in any amount is higher since January 1.
Thus the windward/east side of Hawai'i Island remains quite green while most of the rest has turn to desert brown.
As is true on the mainland, cattle ranchers are now culling their herds as there is not enough living grasses for them to feed upon and importation of grain is so expensive that it is not an option at this point in time.
Food prices here, as most everywhere in the continental US,
are rising at a pace that is not 'officially' reported. Along with that the US$ is declining in value which means that a significant period of what is called 'belt tightening' is in store for almost everyone save for the very wealthy population which only represents about 2% of the total.
Most of this is due to this current period of climate change which may be short-lived but I would not hold my breath or count my blessings before I get them.
Another relatively dry, sunny day
Logged another 2/10ths of an inch of precip. Mother Nature is being very consistent here now. It is very surprising to me as in much of the rest of the world, she is being totally the opposite!
Rain has tapered off
More like normal at 2/10ths of an inch over the past 24 hours.
More rain overnight
Almost a full inch in the gauge this morning. There have been periods of full sun and dark clouds so far this morning and I expect things to be that way for the rest of the day.
Almost a full inch of precip in the gauge this morning
There were a few breaks in the clouds early Sunday morning so I did get a glimpse of a few of the Leonid meteor shower gifts but the clouds soon rolled back in and that was that! No big deal as, at my age, I've seen so many meteors in the past and when you've seen a million you've seen them all!
Updated: 2:28 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
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Not much new to talk about
Things have changed slightly as a rather unexpected uptick in the stability of the airmass surrounding the islands has become slightly unstable and we're experiencing a few more light showery periods on and off than normal. Rain gauge for the past 20 hours shows 6 tenths of an inch which is about twice normal for this time of the year at my location. Rather nice as a matter of fact.
The past two days were nice. A bit rainy on Thursday but not overly so and yesterday it was bright and sunny with almost no precip. High temps in low 80s and low temps around 70 up to about 500 feet elevation which is where I am located.
It is drizzling a bit right now at about 2AM. Very gentle nighttime trade showers drifting ashore.
Dry sunny day today
It was VERY normal today! Couldn't ask for better weather.
Nice rains came rather unexpectedly
It showered on and off throughout the day on Monday and the total in my gauge for the 36 hours preceeding 6PM was 1.1 inches.
Didn't have many sunny periods during the day so the high temperature was a few degrees below normal but quite comfortable nonetheless.
The Hilo radar is now working as it should.
Updated: 11:46 AM GMT on August 07, 2012
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About an hour after I made the last entry, it began raining like mad! This was about 6PM. I had checked the radar about an hour before and nothing showed upstream at all! So far, at 10PM, a full half inch of rain has fallen and it is still raining but not as intensively as before.
The Hilo radar was down for maintenance for several days and I now suspect that it is working worse than it was before they 'maintained' it!
A few light sprinkles today
Just enough to keep the soil moist.
There probably won't be much in the rain gauge tomorrow morning.
Totally dry night
AS expected, there was not even a trace of precip in my gauge this morning.
I expect the weekend to be nearly 100% normal.
Only 3/10th inch the past 24 hours but it was mostly cloudy all day yesterday. Temps are a bit warmer than before at sunrise but average for the 1PM reading.