By Jeff King
“Seven” is a popular number this morning. First, there was a 7.0 earthquake in the Solomon Islands last night at 6:12 p.m. HST. The quake struck at a depth of nearly 12 and a half miles. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no Pacific-wide tsunami was generated by the temblor, but local sea level shifts were a possibility.
And there are no fewer than seven tropical cyclones spinning in the Pacific Ocean right now. The most notable for Hawai’i being the weakening Ela, the system that achieved sufficient strength to become the Central Pacific’s first named storm. Ela is now a remnant low and will pass north of the main Hawaiian islands over the next 48 hours. A swell from tropical cyclone Ela is expected to spread west across the island waters today that will lead to above normal surf along the east facing shores of most of the main Hawaiian Islands. This swell is expected to linger through Saturday. The surf will diminish rapidly late Saturday night. Expect surf of 6 to 8 feet along east facing shores.
There are two other cyclones in the Central Pacific. If they each reach tropical storm strength, they would be names Halola and Iune. While both systems are expected to gain strength, Maui Weather Guru Glenn James assures that neither system poses a threat to Hawai’i. In the eastern pacific, two storms are being rated as “high probability” of becoming tropical cyclones – and would have no significance for our part of the world for about a week (if at all).
Meanwhile, the Western Pacific rim has been slashed and splashed seemingly mercilessly this year and the two systems there now offer no relief. Typhoon Chan-Hom is wreaking havoc in China before it heads toward South Korea. And then there’s Super Typhoon Nangka just behind Chan-Hom. Nangka is generating 40-foot seas and 163 mph winds. The track map shows it heading generally toward Japan.
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