Posted by: Anna Webb | August 12, 2009

Tropical Storm Maka Reaches Out and Touches Felicia


Tropical Storm Maka reaches around Kauai to connect to Felicia remnant low

Tropical Storm Maka reaches around Kauai to connect to Felicia remnant low

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I observed an interesting occurrence yesterday. As the weather patterns surrounding the Hawaiian islands shifted from an easterly flow to a westerly flow, newly formed tropical storm Maka reached up around Kauai and hooked up with the tail end of tropical depression Felicia still lying to the north.

Fortunately it seems that Maka has enough momentum so as not to make a u-turn into the islands. The west/southwest change of Hawaii’s weather system flow, however, has brought moderate to heavy vog back to the eastside of Hawaii’s Big Island’s, including the lower Puna District.

The good news is that we don’t seem to be affected by either storm and escaped severe weather. Many were hoping for a good rain to fill their catchment tanks but it looks like we will be waiting for a while. Or will we?

Current satellite shot of Hawaii and what appears to be a bit of energized Felicia North of Maui/Big Island

Current satellite shot of Hawaii and what appears to be a bit of energized Felicia North of Maui/Big Island

Maka has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is moving off to the west/northwest. It appears this morning that part of Felicia still remains and is sharing some rain with the islands. Did Maka give Felicia a little shot of energy? Or is it a small, newly developed low? It’s certainly not boring around here!

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