She said, “We cannot control Mother Nature.”

 I said, “NO, not Mother Nature.  It is FATHER GOD who controls the WEATHER.”

THE BIBLE states:

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”   John 1:3

This is Drgold’s 8-8-14 email report to family and friends on Hurricane Iselle hitting the island of Hawaii:

“Hurricane Iselle made landfall over the Big Island at 11 pm last night, and is now Tropical Storm Iselle, being torn up by the twin high mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  Tropical Storm Iselle has already passed the Big Island bringing  just high winds, heavy showers, and localized power outages, but not much different from many of the storms there.  Iselle is now moving westward and will be passing to the south of Maui and Oahu today, and Kauai later on Saturday.

Maui, Oahu and Kauai should expect strong and gusty winds, but no hurricane force winds; occasional heavy showers, and very rough seas.  Honolulu Airport at 8 am this morning  reported NE winds at about 30 mph, partly cloudy skies with light rain.  Gusts up to 60-70 mph can be expected at higher elevations.  Please tie down loose objects and furniture.

Direct hurricane hits over Hawaii are very rare, especially over the Big IslandThis is the first hurricane to hit the Big Island since 1871, 143 years ago.  Also it has been about 8000 days since Kauai was last struck by Hurricane Iniki 22 years ago with 175 mph windsbringing $1.8 billion damage and costing 6 lives.  (In contrast, the Philippine Islands where we visit and minister gets about 25 tropical storms/typhoons each year, including recent devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan last Nov 8, 2013 with 195 mph winds, over 7500 dead or missing and $3 billion in damages!)


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Here is an interesting diagram of past storms, how close they came to Hawaii since 1950, but with only 3 hurricanes striking, only Kauai- Dot in 1959, Iwa in 1982, and Iniki in 1992 and none over  the rest of the islands!  A blowup and careful study of the diagram and the color code will yield a lot of information.


Since this year’s El Nino warm water season in the Pacific is relatively strong and hurricane season officially ends Nov 30, we can expect more Tropical Storm/Hurricane threats till then, but the effects this time of Iselle should be relatively mild over us. The next one to watch is approaching Category 2 Hurricane Julio about 2.5 days away with 100 mph winds.  Julio may weaken later, but it is too early to tell.”

(Drgold is a retired meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Honolulu, Hawaii)



About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on August 8, 2014, in News stories, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great report.

    If I may add, it’s one thing to meet the fury of nature as was pointed out, directed By God, which could affect the body, but there is also a ‘wrath to come,’ which affects the soul.

    NOW is the day of salvation. Men have become drunk with the perpetual 5 day forecast, as if mankind ALWAYS has 5 more days to live.

    God speed to you all, and hoping for the best, knowing God cannot make a mistake.

    • Thank you for your succinctly truthful words, John! For many it’s an eerie feeling to be waiting to see what could happen between two close spaced weather events! Some pray hard for God’s mercy like my sister’s church group in Kauai who suffered Hurricane Iniki 22 years ago, but most on Oahu are enjoying a day off. Waiting for Julio now… Our God reigns! God bless you, Liz and Wyman

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