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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0510 UTC THU MAY 05 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC MAY 05 2016

AT 700 PM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED THE LEADING EDGE OF A 200
TO 300 MILE-WIDE CLOUD BAND ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT EXTENDING
SOUTHWEST FROM 30N 167W TO THE DATE LINE AROUND 24N. THIS BAND WAS
ADVANCING TOWARD THE EAST AROUND 10 TO 20 MPH. MOSTLY LOW-TOPPED
CUMULUS CLOUDS MADE UP THIS BAND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW
TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS ALONG THE LEADING EDGE WHERE TOPS EXTENDED
TO AROUND 20 THOUSAND FEET.

A LARGE AREA OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER AND
AROUND MUCH OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. CLOUD MOTION HAD SHIFTED
TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING FRONT WELL
NORTHWEST OF KAUAI. THERE WERE A FEW BREAKS IN THE COVERAGE
PERIODICALLY OVER PORTIONS OF MOLOKAI...MAUI AND THE BIG
ISLAND...MAINLY OVER THE SUMMITS AND THE WINDWARD COASTAL AREAS OF
THE BIG ISLAND. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS EXTENDED TO AROUND 10 THOUSAND
FEET. A FEW HIGH CLOUDS WERE SHOWN LIFTING NORTHEAST TOWARD THE BIG
ISLAND AND MAUI COUNTY.

A LINGERING CLOUD BAND WAS SHOWN EAST OF THE BIG ISLAND EXTENDING
WEST FROM AROUND 20N 140W TO AROUND 200 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE BIG
ISLAND. THIS BAND WAS NEARLY STATIONARY. CLOUD TOPS WERE LIMITED TO
12 THOUSAND FEET OR LESS.

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GIBBS



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