Every year I fuss over how to keep track and display weather patterns (specifically hurricanes) that affect me and my interests. With family spread all over the United States, I tend to get cramps in my fingers typing searches for cities, states, and localities. Here I decided to collect them all together for my own personal study. Most of the sections are auto-fed from various weather providers, specifically the National Weather Service via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and of the Hawaii News Now Weather Team (HNN-Weather). I will also have a section for tides, as that is something I watch as well since I am getting back into fishing and other ocean sports like kayaking and snorkeling.
Weather affects a lot of things, especially on an island in the middle of the ocean (really). Everything from the amount of sun to the direction of the wind affects all aspects of life here. A chill wind from the north and no clouds overnight means we might have to cover flower buds or they will bloom small. A strong Kona breeze brings plenty of rain with the possibility of flooding, so making sure rain gutters are clear is essential. No wind mean no clouds and a whole lot of muggy sunshine, so need to protect the skin with stronger sunscreen that doesn’t wash off with sweat.
Hurricanes & Tropical Systems
I live in Hawaii, so my area of interest is mainly the Eastern and Central areas of the Pacific Ocean. Hurricane “Season” runs from May 15 through November 30 each year. After the official season, then our “Winter Surf Season” begins and continues to March. Then from March through May Hawaii generally gets passing showers with the occasional biblical deluge – only to lead back to Hurricane Season.
It must be noted that information on hurricanes in the Pacific falls under the responsibility of different parties depending upon where a particular system is located.
- North Eastern Pacific is covered by the NWS until the 140W Longitude
- North Central Pacific is covered by the CPHC between 140W and the International Date Line. This is where Hawaii is.
- North Western Pacific is covered by the Japan Meteorological Department (English version is linked)
- South Pacific is covered by the Fiji Meteorological Service and the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService)
- Storm systems in the above mentioned areas have affected the weather in Hawaii in various ways. For more information on the zones, click here.
Tidal Station Information
Choose parameters, then hide the station list for full map to navigate and zoom.
This information here is for informational purposes only. I am not a meteorologist by trade nor do I claim to know everything about the weather at any given place in time. I am simply displaying information from other sources. Weather and ocean conditions can and will change without any notice – storm tracks will shift, currents may change, tides could be late – none of that is my fault. Always check with your local authorities for current conditions. Please use caution and show respect any time you enjoy the waters of Hawaii. Malama pono.