Tue Aug 11 2009 10:34 PM
Felicia Downgraded to Depression - Flooding still Possible

Great News Folks !! The Westerly Shear *finally* took it's toll on TS Felicia, weakening it even further, and now it is just a 'sniggling' little Depression, just northeast of the 'Big Island', tracking west, right through the Central Islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu.

However, we're not totally out of the woods quite yet, as several juicy-looking spiral rainbands will be spinning through in the next day or two, so there remains a pretty decent chance we could still get some locally heavy downpours, leading to possible flash flooding.

It's *definately* going to be really HUMID and uncomfortable in Hawaii these next few days, as the flow will be from the S/SE. Looks like our 'natures air-conditioning', (our much beloved tradewinds), will be returning just in time for the weekend. Yay!

Tropical Storm 'MAKA' has formed well to the SW of the Hawaiian Islands and is tracking towards warm waters on it's way to the Dateline. So, Tropical Storm 'MAKA' will, in a few days time, become *TYPHOON* Maka !! (UPDATE: Maka never quite made it and is now dissipating, as of 8/12, well SW of the Islands.)

Also, a weak Tropical Depression, "TD-9E" is 1/2 way between Hawaii and Central America. It's struggling now with a very dry environment, but it is expected to enter into the Central Pacific as a TS, and where it goes from there is far too early to be certain. (UPDATE: TD-9E is having a tough go of it, too. NHC has dropped it for now, but it *might* regenerate further west in 2-3 days time.)

'Tis the season !! Looks like we're in for a BEVY of Tropical Cyclones in the EastPac/CenPack this season. And to think, *3 and 1/2 months* of Hurricane Season yet to go. Gonna' be a busy year ... just 'have it in my bones' !!

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