The first leg from Santa Barbara, California, to Hilo, Hawaii, was long but completely uneventful. A few days later, it was time to tackle the next leg to Tarawa in Kiribati. I went to the flight service station and got a nice hand-drawn map from an obviously experienced meteorologist. He said the weather would be generally fine and conducive to the trip. Near the equator, just west of Johnston Island, nearly all the way to Tarawa, an area of cloudiness was penciled in.