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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1230 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC AUGUST 26 2016

AT 200 AM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A CLOUD BAND ASSOCIATED
WITH A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY EXTENDING WEST-SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE FAR
NORTHWEST PORTION OF THE DISCUSSION AREA...WHICH WAS SEVERAL HUNDRED
MILES NORTHWEST OF KAUAI. A FEW TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS CONTINUED TO
DEVELOP EAST OF THIS BOUNDARY BETWEEN 24N AND 30N FROM 165W TO 170W.
MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS EXTENDED TO 35 TO 40 THOUSAND FEET.

SCATTERED CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER AND AROUND THE MAIN
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST WITHIN THE TRADE
WINDS SOUTH OF HIGH PRESSURE. A LARGE PATCH OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST
LOW CLOUDS CONTINUED TO IMPACT THE WINDWARD AREAS OF THE BIG
ISLAND...WHICH WAS TRANSLATING TO CLOUDY CONDITIONS.
THIS COVERAGE WAS ALSO IMPACTING THE WINDWARD WATERS OF THE BIG
ISLAND OUT TO 20 TO 30 MILES. ELSEWHERE...MUCH OF THESE LOW CLOUDS
TRACKING THROUGH THE SMALLER ISLANDS WERE FOCUSING OVER AND ALONG
THE WINDWARD SLOPES...WITH ONLY A FEW CLOUDS MANAGING TO SPILL OVER
TO THE LEEWARD SIDES. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE
CLOUDS EXTENDED TO AROUND 10 THOUSAND FEET OR LESS...WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF A FEW TOPS BRIEFLY REACHING 15 THOUSAND FEET
OCCASIONALLY.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A SURFACE TROUGH WERE
LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND FROM 8N TO 13N
FROM 148W TO 155W. THESE CLOUDS WERE TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST AROUND
10 MPH. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE STORMS EXTENDED TO
AROUND 45 THOUSAND FEET.

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GIBBS



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