By Jeff King
Hurricane Iselle, Tropical Depression Genevieve and Tropical Storm Julio look much less threatening when viewed from a distance of several hundred miles up. The Google Earth Wind Profile shows the three weather systems in varying degrees of “tightness, ” the closer the lines are to each other – the stronger the winds.
You don’t have to be a TV weatherman or degreed meteorologist to see how serious these weather systems can – or will – be. A lineup like this has not been seen in recent history. As of 1 p.m. today, Genevieve has moved westward – and will not negatively impact Hawai’i. Hurricane Iselle is forecast to follow a gentle arc that will bring the eye of the storm south of the main Hawaiian Islands by Friday. Tropical Storm Julio is expected to achieve hurricane strength, and is forecast to curve north of the Big Island by the end of the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued the first of what will likely be many severe weather statements – a Flash Flood Watch that will go into effect at 4 a.m. Thursday. Forecaster Glenn James noted that the “one-two” punch of Iselle and Julio could dump copious rainfall amounts on saturated ground.