A new tropical depression moved into the Central Pacific and could bring humid conditions and an increased chance of rain to the islands early next month.
Tropical Depression 19E may become the first named storm of the Central Pacific hurricane season and, if it intensifies in the Central Pacific, will get the Hawaiian name of Ulika, which means soft and sticky, according to the Mary Pukui and Samuel Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary.
This afternoon, Tropical Depression 19E was about 1,125 miles east-southeast of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The system was moving north at a slow 5 mph.
The system is expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday and is forecast to move generally to the north, which should weaken it as the storm encounters wind shear and moves over cooler waters.
Tradewinds could then blow the storm’s remnants toward Hawaii, however forecasters say it is still too far away to say exactly how it may affect the state’s weather.
Meanwhile, further east, Tropical Storm Roslyn had sustained winds of about 50 mph this afternoon. The storm was about 675 miles west-southwest of Baja California, Mexico, moving east-northeast at 5 mph.
At this point, the storm and its remnants are expected to mostly stay offshore and shouldn’t bring much rain to the southwestern United States.
Roslyn is the 17th named storm of the East Pacific hurricane season.