Tropical Storm MADELINE Public Advisory – Expected to Become Hurricane Tomorrow

At 800 PM PDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Madeline was located near latitude 15.7 North, longitude 140.1 West. Madeline is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and a turn to the northwest should begin on Sunday.

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Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Madeline is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.

Hundreds Accept Hawaii State’s ‘Code Challenge’

Approximate 220 coders and innovators answered the call to apply their collective creativity to improving Hawaii state government today.

HACC CodersGov. David Ige and state Chief Information Officer (CIO) Todd Nacapuy today welcomed participants to the state’s Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC), kicking off the month-long competition and showcase of local tech talent.

Participants formed teams and selected from diverse challenges, some personally presented by state officials and staff, to tackle over the next several weeks. Among the presenters were state Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige and staff representing the Departments of Accounting and General Services, Agriculture, Health, and Public Safety, and others.

HACC IgeThe HACC coder teams will return on Sept. 24 to present their solutions for judging and winner selection. Awards will go to top participants, and outstanding projects will be considered for implementation.

Presented challenges included the following:

  • Campaign Spending Profiles (Department of Accounting and General Services)
  • Family Visitation and Scheduling (Department of Public Safety)
  • Farmers’ Market Locator (Department of Agriculture)
  • Made in Hawaii Products (Department of Agriculture)
  • Jobs for Disabled Citizens (Department of Health)
  • Institute for Human Services (Non-Profit)
  • Homeless Outreach and Services (Office of the Governor)
  • Age Friendly Initiative (University of Hawaii and City and County of Hawaii)
  • Open Challenge for Schools

“With roughly 220 in attendance today, I’m impressed by the great interest shown in helping to improve how state government engages and serves the public,” CIO Nacapuy said. “We’re grateful for the support from the professional and non-profit community, who likewise see the value of developing our local IT workforce.”

The HACC is the result of collaboration across public and private sectors. In coordinating the event, the CIO-led Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) partnered with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, DevLeague, Empowered Presentations, Hawaii Open Data, Blue Startups, Sultan Ventures, and XLR8UH. Award prizes are being underwritten by sponsors such as Hawaiian Electric, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG and Verizon. Additional support is being provided by DataHouse, eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Socrata, Uber, Unisys, DRFortress, and Hawaiian Telcom.

For more information and updates on the progress of challenge projects, visit http://HACC.hawaii.gov.

Hokulea Heading to the Great Lakes

Hokulea departed Jersey City, New Jersey this morning to embark on a new journey that will take the iconic canoe to the Great Lakes for the first time in history. After sailing through New York via the Hudson River, Hokulea is slated to sail through the fresh water systems of the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence.

great lakesThe canoe will reach the farthest point north of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage when she arrives in Sorel, Canada in mid-September and is expected to return to New Jersey by October (weather-permitting).

Great Lakes1Leg 23 of the the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage gives the Hokulea crew an opportunity to learn about Canada’s parks, lakes, rivers and wetlands and what the country is doing to protect and conserve these resources. Canada has one fifth of the world’s freshwater.

great lakes2Another first in her sailing history, the traditional sailing vessel will travel through Canada’s locks and waterways exploring new territory for the canoe and her experienced crew. Hokulea’s crew will sail up New York’s Hudson River to the Erie Canal to reach Lake Ontario and plans to travel all the way to the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec to access Montreal. The canoe is expected to journey through 52 locks and under 160 bridges, crossing fresh water systems throughout inland Canada.

great lakes3“Exploration is core to what we do, which is why we are sailing Hokulea to waters where we never imagined she could go,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging society and pwo (master) navigator. “Because of Canada’s lock system and other complexities, the voyaging team has spent months preparing for this leg by researching and studying these waterways,” he added.

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Multi-Agency, International Partners Rescue 2 From Uninhabited Island in Pacific

Two mariners who were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, are safe, Friday, after writing “SOS” in the sand.

A pair of stranded mariners signal for help by writing "SOS" in the sand as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 flies over in support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission. The P-8A crew flew in support of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam after AMVER vessel British Mariner reported light signals from an uninhabited island in the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Patrol boat Palikir from Federated States Micronesia is currently en route to conduct rescue operations. VP-8, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is in the midst of a routine deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

A pair of stranded mariners signal for help by writing “SOS” in the sand as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 flies over in support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission. The P-8A crew flew in support of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam after AMVER vessel British Mariner reported light signals from an uninhabited island in the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Patrol boat Palikir from Federated States Micronesia is currently en route to conduct rescue operations. VP-8, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is in the midst of a routine deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

A Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 was responding to a report from AMVER vessel British Mariner of flashing lights when they spotted survivors on the beach near the makeshift sign. This information was then relayed to search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Guam. The survivors were picked up and transferred by patrol boat Palikir to Nomwin Atoll.

A pair of stranded mariners signal for help by writing "SOS" in the sand as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 flies over in support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission. The P-8A crew flew in support of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam after AMVER vessel British Mariner reported light signals from an uninhabited island in the state of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Patrol boat Palikir from Federated States Micronesia is currently en route to conduct rescue operations. VP-8, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is in the midst of a routine deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Watchstanders at Sector Guam command center received notification Aug. 19 from Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) of an overdue 18 ft. vessel with two people aboard en route Tamatam Island, Federated States of Micronesia. The couple departed Weno Island Aug. 17 with limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board en route Tamatam with an expected arrival of Aug. 18.

While conducting a search pattern provided by Sector Guam’s watchstanders, AMVER vessel British Mariner spotted light signals from a nearby island Aug. 24. Based on this information, Sector Guam requested deployment of a U.S. Navy P-8 aircraft crew to investigate the source of light. The P-8 crew successfully located the survivors and Sector Guam watchstanders then contacted patrol boat Palikir who rescued the survivors Aug. 26.

During the seven-day search, Sector Guam watchstanders coordinated the assistance of 14 AMVER vessels, two aircraft crews and one FSM National Police Patrol boat, searching a total of 16,571 square miles.

 (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo/Released)

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and request the ships’ to divert and respond.

Tropical Storm Madeline to Reach Hurricane Intensity in 36 Hours

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Madeline is expected to continue moving generally northwestward for the next 72 hours around the southwesterly periphery of a mid-level ridge centered near 125W.

After that time, a ridge centered north of the Hawaiian Islands becomes the dominant steering mechanism, and should impart a westward motion through the remainder of the forecast period.  While the overall track forecast philosophy has not changed, the more northerly initial position has resulted in a northward shift of the guidance envelope and the NHC forecast by 30 to 50 n mi through the forecast period.  The new NHC track is near the middle of the guidance envelope and close to the latest multi-model consensus.

The SHIPS model shows the shear decreasing over Madeline during the next 12 hours or so, which should allow for some intensification through 72 hours while the cyclone is moving over SSTs above 27C.

The NHC forecast continues to show Madeline reaching hurricane intensity in about 36 hours.  At days 4 and 5, the SSTs along the track drop below 27C and the westerly shear increases, which should result in some weakening.  The new NHC intensity forecast is a little lower than the previous one after 48 hours due to the more northerly track and is near or a little above the latest intensity consensus.

It is too early to determine what impacts Madeline could have on the Hawaiian Islands late in the forecast period.  It is important to remind users that the average day 4 and 5 track forecast errors for eastern Pacific tropical cyclones are around 145 and 170 miles, respectively.