Thursday, November 5, 2009

Large Wet Storm Churns Close to Islands ~ Lava Spreads out on Coastal Plains

Lava continues to flow across coastal plains west of county viewing areas as shown above. Some kipuka vegetation remains and is being burned out and covered as pictured below.

Three ocean entry locations pour lava into the sea: two side by side at the usual Waikupanaha tube-fed location, and the newly formed surface flow further west 2000-feet or so.

A serious drop in recorded ‘deformation’ on Kilauea crater tiltmeters began at 1:30 AM and will likely be reflected by a substantial reduction of surface lava on the coastal plains in the next day or two, and possibly affect the Waikupanaha ocean entry as well.

Our first sizable cold front from the north has arrived close enough to produce this weeks large north-facing ocean swells, and carries an impressive amount of moisture churning within. This large low-pressure system is only a few hundred miles to the west-northwest of the Hawaiian Islands right now, and official forecasts are unsure if the islands will get the heavy rains, but if we do, the rains could arrive by early next week. This storm will likely cut off our Trade Winds as well, and we all know how we feel about that. This Central Pacific Water Vapor Loop currently shows this northern low pressure system in action, as it looks today (takes a bit of time to load but looks pretty impressive at the moment).

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