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WASHINGTON — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America had better get better at dealing with it, experts said Wednesday as Texas and other states battled winter storms that blew past the worst-case planning of utilities, governments and millions of shivering citizens.

Due to recent weather, tonight's show was curated around the feeling of snuggling up under the covers while listening to the rain outside. It's what I call "burrito weather" in which you basically roll yourself up into your blanket like a human burrito.

Lots of acoustic folk, indie, and soul - stuff that makes you want to snuggle a little closer and burrito a little tighter.

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King tides, high winds, and possible heavy rains will impact most of the state over the next several days.

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Updated: June 24, 1:02 p.m.

The Oahu emergency management agency wants residents and tourists to prepare for the possibility of heavy rains and flash floods that could begin as early as Monday afternoon. A flash flood watch remains in effect for Oahu, Kauai and Niihau from 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, on the summer solstice, HPR starts a closer look at how climate change is playing out in Hawai‘i.  We’re calling these reports “Planet808: Climate change in the islands.” And we begin with UH Professor, Chip Fletcher, author of Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us.

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Updated 6/20 8:50 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii heat wave has continued to set record high temperatures through June, officials said.

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Strong winds are expected to start decreasing today after a strong storm that hit the islands knocked out power, brought down trees, flooded coastal roads, and even brought snow.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Rain, in old Hawai‘i, was celebrated in its myriad forms, passing mists to drenching downpours, different in each village and valley.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a scholar and kumu hula whose book on Hawaiian rain names opens new vistas in the natural world.

Heavy Rains And Flooding Hit Maui Hard

Sep 14, 2016
Maui County / Lois Whitney
Maui County / Lois Whitney

Major flooding and heavy rain prompted an emergency proclamation Wednesday in Maui County. The wet weather knocked out a water line, flooded parks and homes, and caused several mudslides. HPR’s Molly Solomon says it’s just the latest in what’s been a wetter than normal couple of months.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Oh the rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of the state as more heavy showers are expected.

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www.public-domain-image.com

More than two-thirds of Americans now own smartphones. The Pew Research Center says that’s up from 35% just four years ago. Starting next month, five million smart phones will be going to a group of consumers in Pakistan with an unusual story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hurricane Watch Canceled for State

Aug 29, 2016
National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The hurricane watch for has been canceled for the state. 

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Republic of Korea / Flickr

Several science organizations now agree that last month was the hottest July on record for planet earth.  Calculations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agree with those from NASA and Japan’s weather office.  And in South Korea, dangerous heat has continued well into August. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Big Island Weathers Tropical Storm Darby

Jul 25, 2016
US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard

Tropical Storm Darby rumbled ashore Saturday afternoon on Hawaii Island. Sustained winds were 40 miles an hour, but gusts were higher--and the impacts began before the storm ever hit land. HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update from Kona.

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NOAA

Updated: Monday Afternoon. 

Flash flood warnings and high surf advisories have been canceled and emergency shelters on all islands have closed as Darby is downgraded to a Tropical Depression but it is still expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall over parts of the islands.

4 to 7 Cyclones Predicted for 2016 Hurricane Season

May 26, 2016
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NASA

Weather officials say Hawai‘i will see normal to above normal activity this hurricane season, predicting between four and seven tropical cyclones. 

The 2016 outlook comes on the heels of last season’s record-setting El Niño year. That’s when 15 named storms entered the Central Pacific, the highest in recorded history. 

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Wikipedia Commons

The price of coffee can be a moving target. For local producers, considerations include everything from weather conditions to the state of the coffee borer beetle. But in some parts of Asia, the key factor this year is rain—or the lack of it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Phalinn Ooi / Flickr

Cooling classrooms in public schools is a topic under discussion at Hawai‘i’s legislature this session. It’s also a timely issue across parts of Southeast Asia this week—as temperatures are soaring. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Malaysia’s government shut down more than 250 schools on Monday…because it was just too hot.  Temperatures climbed to nearly 100-degrees farenheit….and authorities cancelled classes for some 100,000 students.

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Bridget Coila / Flickr

Heavy snow and cold temperatures on the mainland have gotten a lot of coverage in recent days…especially in the northeast. But it’s also been a period of unusual cold in many parts of East Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Today marks the official end to what’s been a busy hurricane season in Hawai‘i. It’s been a record-breaking year for the islands, with a total of 15 tropical cyclones formed in the Central Pacific. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Pixabay Commons

The muggy weather and soaring temperatures are setting records across the state.  And inside ‘Ewa Beach schools – classroom temperatures hover around 93-degrees and can go upwards of 108-degrees.

Parents of students at James Campbell High School are organizing a drive this Saturday called “Be Cool 4 Campbell” to gather new (or gently used) fans for classrooms.  Fans can be dropped off at the school from 9am till 1pm or the Kapolei K-Mart from 9am till 5pm.

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Roberto Verzo / Flickr

The same weather pattern that’s been keeping the weather steamy in Hawai‘i this summer is causing trouble of a different kind in the Philippines.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

El Nino is being blamed for everything from a busier than usual hurricane season in the central Pacific to a lighter than usual monsoon across India.  Here’s another item to add to the list: water shortages in the Philippines.

Hurricane Fatigued? You're Not Alone.

Sep 2, 2015
NOAA
NOAA

We’re halfway through Hawai‘i’s hurricane season and we’ve already seen nine tropical cyclones. Fortunately, none have posed a serious threat to the islands and no tropical storm or hurricane warnings have been issued so far. But state officials worry not only about the rest of the season - but also about fatigue and a dangerous complacency. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Dr EG / Flickr

Trade winds are expected to pick up a bit around the islands as we move into the weekend. That sort of weather pattern would be welcome in India, where entire portions of the subcontinent have been experiencing a dangerous heat wave for days. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ingrid Taylar / Flickr

The official start of the hurricane season for the Central Pacific is two weeks from today. Forecasters expect the El Nino effect to bring another active storm season to Hawai‘i. But elsewhere in the Pacific, there are other concerns. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Julie Lyn / Flickr

It’s been about six weeks since one of the worst tropical cyclones in recent years struck the South Pacific. The storm devastated the island nation of Vanuatu….where residents are still struggling to recover. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Taiwan’s Water Woes

Apr 9, 2015
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Christopher / Flickr

The drought in California has been in the news a lot lately, especially as Governor Jerry Brown has announced restrictions on the use of water. Across the Pacific, another government is facing a water crisis. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

East Asian Spring

Mar 2, 2015
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Wikipedia Commons

The National Weather Service says this spring should bring average temperatures to most of the islands…with the possibility of slightly warmer weather in areas around Hilo and Kahului.  In South Korea, forecasters expect spring to arrive a bit earlier than last year keeping with a trend of recent years. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.thezooom.com

 

 Wet weather has been a theme across many of the islands this week.  Storm systems are also blowing across parts of the mainland and on the other side of the world, some unusual weather is having an impact. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The most powerful storm so far this year is churning waters in the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Vongfong is moving slowly towards Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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