Monday, November 30, 2009

No Epic Thunderstorms but my house was slammed with epic north winds

The mid-level cold front did graze the island chain overnight, dumping snow on our two big volcanoes. The snow is visible this sunny morning, but the snow is pasted to only the north side of the mountains, something I have not seen before, but obviously due to the intense north winds. Besides the snow, some cold and very gusty winds whipped up around midnight for an hour and really slammed the north side of my home. Heavy rains were hitting the east side of the Big Island from Waipio to Cape Kumukahi. The east side of Maui also had serious rain, as did sever isolated locations on the other islands. But the cold trough is moving away quickly, soon to be replaced by yet another cold front from the north in a few days. Feels like winter.

Out on the active lava fields west of Kalapana there are no inland surface flows to be seen, only a line of pahoehoe sliding over cliffs into the sea. These flows are far away from the County viewing area. But the ongoing large ocean entry of lava at the Waikupanaha location continues and delighted many visitors last night. Lava pressures remain low but fairly steady as recorded by USGS deformation sensors.


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