“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Is Already Causing Flash Floods at Rainbow Shower
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Just last night, after I completed my evening rounds of the Rainbow Shower, Elizabeth asked me, “how is it?”

“As perfect as can be,” I replied. “Wish I could freeze it like this.”

I had been working like a slave for three days this week to bring the four Rainbow Shower lawns into perfection, along with the shrubs, tree and other decorative plants on our property.

“But I know that’s wishful thinking,” I added.

We did not have to wait long to prove me right. As soon as I awoke this morning, hearing the roar of our creek, some 70 feet in elevation down in the gulch from our home, I knew we were experiencing another flash flood.

So I grabbed my umbrella (to protect the camera lens from rain), and walked down there. Butt naked. No sense in getting my clothes soaked. And not even birds are out and about in this kind of weather.

Here’s a 1.5 minute video clip I brought back:

FLASH FLOOD NUMBER…? [DARBY IS COMING]

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You will hear me conclude the broadcast by saying, “this is not the end.”

At the time, our internet was out. So I had no idea that this was not even a beginning. All this rain was just a forefront the tropical storm Darby is sending our way, I found out when the internet was restored. Packing winds of 50 to 65 mph, the eye of Darby is expected pass over the Big Island this afternoon, over Maui tonight, and exit the Hawaiian chain of islands over Kauai on Sunday night.

So “we ain’t seen nothing yet,” as my intuition suggested when I saw the flash flood down in the gulch this morning.

Here are some still pictures, too…

Here’s a weather report about Darby – for those of my FB friends who live in Hawaii:

TROPICAL STORM DARBY WILL CONTINUE TOWARD THE BIG ISLAND THIS MORNING. THE CENTER OF DARBY IS APPROACHING THE BIG ISLAND AND WILL PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… THE BIG ISLAND TODAY. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY… WITH THE CENTER OF DARBY EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… MAUI COUNTY TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THEN… THE CENTER OF DARBY OF EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… OAHU LATE ON SUNDAY AND PASS VERY NEAR KAUAI COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT. RAIN AND WIND WILL INCREASE WELL AHEAD OF THE CENTER AS IT MOVES ACROSS HAWAII.

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 2

July 23, 2016 1:15PM

SO FAR, SO GOOD… THE BRIDGES ARE STILL STANDING

Just got back up to the house after revisiting the gulch. And I am pleased to report that both of our bridges are still standing.

The foot bridge tarp has been ripped by the power of water. But it’s nothing major. I even crossed the foot bridge onto the other side to inspect the irrigation and drainage work I did there back in the spring. And the water is flowing normally through that new ditch into the main creek.

So, so far so good. But the worst is yet to come, probably this evening and overnight when the eye of Darby is supposed to pass over or near Maui.

Stand by for that…

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 3

July 24, 2016 8:147 AM

SERENITY NEAR THE EYE OF THE STORM

 

What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday at this time, our creek in the Rainbow Shower gulch was raging and flooding over our bridges (see http://wp.me/p3R16m-2QQ). This morning by contrast is wonderfully calm and serene. Hardly any wind. Plenty of moisture in the air. But our creek is back in its normal riverbed, happily running down the slopes of Haleakala.

Who would suspect then that the eye of the tropical storm Darby that caused all this upheaval in the last few days is about AS CLOSE TO US AS IT WILL BE.  Take a look at the radar and satellite maps I have just updated.

Only 50 miles or so to the southwest of us, the Eye of Darby is churning its way across the Pacific in the northwesterly direction toward Kauai.

So how can things be so calm here at the Rainbow Shower?

It is all because of Haleakala. The giant 10,000-ft volcano on whose northern slopes our property lies is acting like a giant windshield between us and Darby. So Darby’s winds and rain and spinning from the south around Haleakala – toward Hana in the east and Kihei in the west. This is leaving us in a safe cocoon of Haleakala’s wind shadow at the normally windy northern coast of Maui.

Our usual trade winds come from the northeast. Which is why north is called the Windward coast in Hawaiian islands. But not today. Today, we are experiencing a sort of a “pole reversal.”  The normally dry (and touristy) south and west coasts are getting pelted with rain and buffeted by wind, while we are enjoying a peaceful and serene Sunday morning.

HAWAII TO BE SPARED AGAIN?

Hurricane Ana to Bypass Hawaii Again

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Elizabeth and I may be now at our Yang desert home in Arizona (Eagle’s Nest in Scottsdale), but our hearts are tethered to both of our Yin and Yang homes. So we are still present vicariously at our Yin home in Maui, too (Rainbow Shower).

Two days ago we learned that another hurricane may be threateningScreen Shot 2014-08-07 at 8.47.04 AM our beautiful islands. From the look of things, “Ana” (the hurricane name) was following a similar path to that “Iselle” had Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 3.45.49 PMtaken over two months ago, aiming for the Big Island first (see Iselle due tonight, Julio on Sunday, Aug 7).

I went to work back then as a shaman pleading with the Spirit realm to spare our islands. Miraculously, both Iselle and Julio changed their courses. Iselle veered to the south and Julio to the north, both bypassing Hawaii and causing only minimal damage (see Spared!, Aug 8 and Spared Again!, Aug 9).

Whew! We all breathed a sight of relief back in August. Two hurricanes two days apart after none in 22 years! (the last time Hawaii was hit with a tropical storm or hurricane was in Sept 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai).

And now a third hurricane is threatening Hawaii this late in the season?  Unheard of!

So two days ago, I again went to work as a shaman and pleaded with the Spirit realm to divert Ana away from Hawaii, as they did two months ago with Iselle and Julio.

Lo and behold, that’s what they appeared to have done again. Ana has now weakened somewhat, but it is still a category 1 Hurricane with 80 mph winds.  But unlike Iselle, whose eye grazed the southernmost point of the Big Island, Ana seems to be poised to bypass Hawaii altogether, even farther south than Iselle.

Whew, again!

Thank you, dear Creator, and our Spirit guides. 🙂 The people and plant, animal and mineral kingdoms of Hawaii are all grateful even if most are unaware of the magical, loving powers with which you are gracing them. I will now do another fire ceremony in gratitude for your love and compassion.

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 PS: FIRE CEREMONY
I just finished a fire ceremony of gratitude for the Creator’s and our Spirit guides’ love and compassion for all sentient and inanimate beings in Hawaii.

Last night’s Eagle’s Nest sunset provides a fiery backdrop.

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EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK – a new rendition recorded on Oct 17, 2014 in gratitude for Hurricane Ana bypassing Hawaii

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And now, here’s also a music video version of this piece…

“MOZART ON STEROIDS:” EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK – by ALTZAR

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STORM WATCH CANCELED FOR MAUI

Just got an email alerting canceling the storm watch for Maui (as of Oct 18, 2014 – 7 AM).

Ana is still a Category 1 hurricane, packing 80-100 mph winds. But she is far enough away from Maui that that rain is the only reminder of it. And rain is business as usual for us on the northern shore of Maui.

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So the Spirit realm have diverted Ana away from Hawaii. That’s not definite.

Thank you! Mahalo!