What Hawaii can expect as El Niño season ends
It's official, the Pacific is out of an El Niño weather pattern but it doesn't mean our hot weather will be going away anytime soon. Many residents are ready for some relief.
"Two hours in the sun and you gotta go home already, it's too hot out here," John Hewett, a Kaneohe resident, said. "August and September are the hottest months to me so I guess we aim for more hot weather as the day goes on."
The waters around the state are warmer than normal, helping to fuel these hot summer days. But across the Pacific, water temperatures have been dropping, that'll transition into Hawaii's waters eventually. The National Weather Service determined the Pacific has shifted from the El Niño season to a neutral weather pattern.
"El Niño, we go above normal for our sea surface temperatures. That's one of the things we see out of El Niño and during La Niña, we'd see the opposite, it'd go cooler than normal," Maureen Ballard, meteorologist, National Weather Service, said.
That could turn into good news with more wind and fewer tropical cyclones as our ocean surface temperature cools down. But the Central Pacific Hurricane Center warns us not to let our guards down, as we are still in the middle of hurricane season, and we are expecting another three to six cyclones around our waters.
"Just because El Niño is over, doesn't mean the bathtub of water in the Pacific cools down instantly. We still have 80+ temperatures surrounding the islands and the south of the islands where we expect tropical cyclones to develop," Ballard said.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Season runs through November 30th. We are just getting into the peak months of the season, that's August and September.