Thu Aug 13 2009 02:20 AM
Remnant Low of Felicia Brings Beneficial Rains to Middle Hawaiian Islands

So, as it turns out, it's the best possible outcome of all !! The center of circulation of Tropical Depression Felicia slipped through the Alenuihaha Channel (between Maui and the Big Island), all the while further weakening into a 'Remnant Low'.

Which is GREAT, because it brought the 'rain shield' in X-Felicia's Northern Semi-Circle right up and over Maui and Oahu. Certain parts of mountainous Oahu, up over the Ko'olau Mountains, picked up as much as 8 inches of rain !! And some other areas around 3 inches or so, and even the agricultural areas on Oahu (Waimanalo, Ewa Plain, Central Valley, etc.) got at least an inch or two, so that made the farmers *very* happy.

But the remnant low is still spinning just a hundred miles SW of Oahu, drawing up tons of moisture-laden air from points south, and 'swinging' it in long, curved arcs towards Oahu and surrounding coastal waters.

And, after totally dropping the "Flash Flood Watch" yesterday, it was re-implemented this morning due to these developments and remains in effect until at least tomorrow.

A few inches is great, but we don't need storms to 'train' over mountainous terrain for hours on end and dump 10-15 inches, which has sometimes happened in years past with passing, decaying tropical cyclones.

So, we're *still* not entirely out of the woods, quite yet. Let's see what transpires overnight here in the Islands.

And, there are several other cyclones in the EastPac (TD-9E and newly-named Tropical Storm GUILLERMO - "He-air-mo") that *might* effect Hawaii's weather in a week or so. Far too early to tell, of course. I will post about them in the coming days to a fresh thread. Much to watch, much to prepare for. We're getting a 'bumper crop' of TC's this year, that's for sure. Busy busy!

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