July 8, 2012

Hawaiian Islands - The Flip Side of Hurricane Daniel

Hawaii is rarely ever hit directly by hurricanes, statistically speaking most storms actually weaken quickly upon approaching the Hawaiian Islands. Some have likened the cause to be of volcanic origins but what ever the cause, Hawaii lies in the realm of "Near-Misses". The last near-miss was in December of 2010 when Tropical Storm Oneika brushed past one of it's smaller islands, but the last real storm that actually hit Hawaii was 20 years ago when Hurricane Iniki caused over $2 billion dollars in damage.

Hurricane Daniel is positioned to clip the Hawaiian coast much like it did in 2000, only this time at a different polarity. In 2000 Hurricane Daniel swiped Northern Hawaii, while this time it seems poised to swipe it's South. Hurricane Daniel, which was a Category 2 hurricane, was downgraded to a tropical remnant low on 7/11/2012.

I have chosen to monitor this storm for two reasons. The first being that it has been two years since anything came close to the Hawaiian Islands, also since this website has been up (I've also never covered a Pacific hurricane before). The second reason is because the area is now the home of two named storms both emerging from the same area in Pacific waters, the other being Tropical Storm Emilia.

Hurricane Daniel will be monitored every day, while Tropical Storm Emilia will be monitored as it becomes necessary.

Tropical      Storm      Fabio
Max Ssd. Winds:  50  MPH
Moving:  West  at 10 MPH
Min.  Pressure: 1000 MB -
Last Updated: 7 / 12 / 2012

Hurricane   Emilia -  Cat.  2
Max Ssd. Winds:  105 MPH
Moving: WNW  at 12  MPH
Min.  Pressure:   965  MB  -
Last   Updated: 7 / 12 / 2012

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