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Friday, August 8, 2014

ISELLE STILL HERE--JULIO COMING

The outer edges of Iselle made landfall over the Big Island last night while still a hurricane.  I went to bed when Iselle was about to cross over Mauna Loa, 18,000 cubic miles large and 13,679 feet tall.  However, this morning, a good part of this storm remains where it was ten hours ago. Click on:


to view Tropical Storm Iselle.  Note that the this is the Coordinated Universal Time (formerly called Greenwich Mean Time, and for some reason, not CUT, but UTC):

There is an 11 hour difference between UDC and Hawaii.


The virtual (there is none) eye of Tropical Storm Iselle, at 50 MPH, is just about now, directly south of my home:

Scroll down to compare this view with the sky above Honolulu yesterday.  There have been no deaths, damage is minimal, 21,000 residents of the Big Island are without power, and up to 14 inches of rain fell over portions of the state.  All shopping centers and schools on Maui and Oahu are closed today, government workers are off, busses aren't running and, while all airports remain open, flight schedules are a mess.

Worse, Hurricane Julio at 120 MPH is a Category 3 and still headed for Hawaii:


However, the current projected track places Julio, still predicted to be a Category 1 then, slightly higher north from Honolulu than Tropical Storm Iselle was south of this city.  Yet, I keep saying, you never know, for ocean storms can suddenly switch directions.  For example, Genevieve remained a meandering tropical storm south of Hawaii, then after passing sufficiently west of us, made a northward turn, and is now a dangerous typhoon at 140 MPH, with gusts up to 175 MPH:


And Genevieve is not all that far away from Hawaii:


A particular blessing for me is that these storms move from east to west, and if the cyclone is sufficiently north or south, then the winds remain in the E-W or W-E direction.  Both of my apartments are on the top floor and face south.  The entire wall of these homes is glass.  However, Iniki (again, scroll down to yesterday) and Genevieve are two massive cyclonic storms that made that right turn to the north.

Further to the west is Typhoon Halong at 80 MPH, soon to make landfall over Shikoku, passing over Kochi, then just west of Okayama on Honshu, through Tottori Prefecture, finally into the Sea of Japan, and on towards Vladivostok...yes, Russia.


Of particular concern will be flooding, as two previous storms have already dumped considerable moisture over Shikoku:


I had lunch today on my lanai.  Stir-fried mochiko chicken, blue cheese salad, mock bird's nest soup and a Stanford Sauvignon Blanc:


That opening between the buildings is where Tropical Storm Iselle is heading towards a point south of Kauai.  By the way, while the soup is mock, it kind of looks like what a bird's nest might look:


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