Questions About Atmospheric Pressure Answered on Big Island

My ears pop all the time when I’m driving around Hawaii. I can get my ears to pop at least once driving from Hilo to Pahoa.

My mom lives about 3 miles up Waianuenue… and my ears can pop just from driving from Bayfront, up to her house.

I’m curious if atmospheric pressure has anything to do with it?  When I lived on the mainland, it hardly seems like I can remember my ears popping.

For over two centuries, meteorologists were puzzled by the observation that atmospheric pressure in the tropics peaks at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m…
…The waves, called solar tides, propagate to the ground as they travel around the globe. Strong support for this theory has now been presented in a study by a US-Japan team of scientists spearheaded by University of Hawai’i (UH) Professor Kevin Hamilton, Interim Director of the UH climate research center, the International Pacific Research Center…
…Hamilton reasoned that if the proposed explanation was correct, then the pressure variations should be affected systematically by topography. Since mountains cast a kind of shadow for the atmospheric wave as it propagates westward (following the sun) and downward, he predicted that the pressure variations should be weaker on the west than the east side of steep mountains…
One of the most dramatic examples of the shadow effect in the computer model results occurs with the tall mountains of the Big Island of Hawaii

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