Glad I am not in Hawai'i

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It would be nice and warm but I can do without the tornados. From Cliff Mass:

Kona Low Hits Hawaii with Heavy Rain and Tornado Warnings
During another time you might feel very sorry for the poor folks vacationing on Kauai. Instead of enjoying their Mai Tais under sunny skies and modest trade winds, they are suffering from heavy rains, very strong southerly winds, severe thunderstorm, and unusual tornado warnings

The cause of this bounty of inclement weather? A very large Kona Storm.

A Kona storm (or Kona Low) is a low pressure center that develops to the west or southwest of the Hawaiian islands that bring moist, cloudy, or unstable air into the Hawaiian islands. Associated with low-level winds from the south to west, Kona lows can bring rain to the western and southwestern ("kona") sides of the islands that are normally rainshadowed by the terrain. Typically trade winds are from the east to northeast, thus the eastern/northeastern sides are typically the wettest.

Kauai is my favorite of the islands and am familiar with the places Cliff talks about.  Helpful hint: If you are there and looking for good authentic Hawai'ian shirts, go to the Costco. They have local goods for kama‘āina and not haole prices.

Cliff notes:

Kona storms like this typically occur 2-3 times a year and according to Kona Low expert, Professor Steve Businger of the University of Hawaii, they are often poorly forecast.

I am seriously thinking of planning some trips to Hawaii to work on this important problem 😋😁

Such a rough job. Feel sorry for the guy... Almost...

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