High Surf Alerts in Effect Across Hawaii as Fernanda Approaches
High surf advisories are in effect along the northeastern coastlines of the Hawaiian Islands through the weekend. Fernanda continues to approach the island chain, however has weakened considerably.
The statistics on Fernanda as of Saturday at 5 a.m.
Fernanda, which was once a major hurricane packing wind gusts stronger than 150 miles per hour, has weakened considerably. The storm has run into much drier air, disruptive wind (shear), and some cooler ocean temperatures (compared to when it was a strengthening storm).
Fernanda, or the remnants thereof, will likely bring a few extra showers and thundershowers to the islands of Hawaii late Sunday into Monday. In terms of wind, a gust of 20-25 miles per hour is likely but that’s about it in terms of any strong wind.
Along with some higher surf usually comes some stronger rip currents. Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move out to sea from the shoreline. They can catch swimmers off guard, pulling them out hundreds of feet. Sometimes the rip currents are very hard to see as well. People should use caution swimming the next couple of days until Fernanda passes completely.
Of all the active storms, it appears Tropical Depression Nine-E has the best chance to become the strongest storm of all the ones we are tracking in the Pacific. If named it would be Hillary, assuming it strengthens before Tropical Depression Ten-E does.
July may be ending quiet across the Atlantic. This is nothing too unusual as July tends to be one of the quieter hurricane months. However as we approach August it appears that the activity will ramp up pretty steadily, more specifically around the second week of August. That’s because we tend to get more tropical waves coming off of Africa that can evolve into hurricanes, plus the water in the central Atlantic is a little warmer than average right now. Any time a new system pops up in the Atlantic, you can rest assured we will bring you the information on WeatherNation and on WeatherNationTV.com
-For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier