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Henriette, Gil to bring humidity, wind, rain and surf

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:42 p.m. HST, Aug 07, 2013

Hurricane Henriette lost a little strength overnight and remains on a path to pass south of Hawaii early next week as a much weaker storm.

What's left of Post Tropical Cyclone Gil and Henriette are expected to bring muggy weather, stronger trade winds and an increased chance of windward showers to the islands this weekend.

Henriette is also expected to bring some surf to east and southeast shores starting Friday.

The hurricane's maximum winds were near 85 mph and tropical storm force winds extend 80 miles from the center. Henriette was 1,125 miles east southeast of Hilo at 5 p.m., heading west northwest at 10 mph. The storm should begin moving into cooler waters tonight and should start to lose strength. It's also forecast to take a turn to the west southwest.

It will enter the Central Pacific Thursday and is expected to be a weak tropical depression or post-tropical cyclone when it passes south of Hawaii island Sunday or Monday.

The National Weather Service cautions that the margin of error on the 5-day forecast track is about 175 miles in any direction and conditions are likely to change in long-range forecasts.

NASA released a video animation today from a satellite fly-over of Henriette. NASA's TRMM satellite found 10 mile high thunderstorms near the hurricane's eye wall.

TRMM is able to measure the shadows cast by towering thunderstorms n the northeastern side of Henriette's eye wall and is able to measure rainfall from its orbit in space.

The 3-D animation shows thunderstorms more than 10 miles high in the center of Henriette. These so-called chimney clouds, also called a "hot tower," can play a part in the formation or intensification of tropical cyclones.

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Morimoto wrote:
Good grief local media get a grip. Now we have the term "Post tropical cyclone"? Is that the same as a tropical depression? The smarter the media tries to sound the dumber they sound. I saw a couple days ago on one of the local news stations that these two systems were the TOP news story. Just ridiculous. Read Bob Jones article in Midweek about the fear mongering the local media instills whenever there is any kind of storm in the Pacific. It's pretty hilarious.
on August 7,2013 | 08:30AM
hilopango wrote:
I read that article. It's great!
on August 7,2013 | 12:20PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's really important for Ben to go to the big island to show us that nothing is happening. Dan needs something to do in the morning and would you rather see Guy doing weather or pretending that he really likes what he's eating on Cheap Eats.
on August 7,2013 | 12:25PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yea ... look how they hyped Flossie and then what ..... nothing came at all. State and city employees sent home for nothing, millions wasted and all we got was 2 inches of rain and some lighting on Maui. They don't know what the weather will be like a week from now
on August 7,2013 | 07:46PM
allie wrote:
on August 7,2013 | 09:53AM
Morimoto wrote:
What's scary? The actual storms or the local media hyping them up like it could be a major disaster? My house had major damage from Flossie. There were plenty of leaves blown off my mango tree and one of the beach chairs I keep in my backyard got pushed over, not to mention some dirt got blown into my eyes from the fierce Flossie winds.
on August 7,2013 | 10:01AM
XlllX wrote:
HAHAHAA....lets stay vigilant, the mayor is in wait and see mode he may order all non-essential personnel to stay at home on Friday.
on August 7,2013 | 12:15PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I don't know who hyped it more, government or news people. I guess fearmongering is high ratings television.
on August 7,2013 | 07:50PM
allie wrote:
I am sorry for your loss
on August 7,2013 | 01:37PM
Morimoto wrote:
No you're not, but nice try.
on August 7,2013 | 02:13PM
XlllX wrote:
Oh yeah almost forgot - TROLL
on August 7,2013 | 12:17PM
allie wrote:
looks like it stays well south
on August 7,2013 | 01:36PM
jussayin wrote:
Ugh to our local media. Cover something that's newsworthy, please.
on August 7,2013 | 02:13PM
ElderScrolls wrote:
on August 7,2013 | 05:09PM
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