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ATHW40 PHFO 111231
SIMHI

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1230 UTC THU FEB 11 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC FEBRUARY 11 2016

BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS PREVAIL OVER WINDWARD AND INTERIOR
SECTIONS OF KAUAI...AS A DISSIPATING BAND OF CLOUDINESS DRIFTS
SOUTHWARD OVER THAT ISLAND. MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES WITH JUST SMALL
PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS ARE PRESENT OVER OAHU...MOLOKAI...LANAI
AND MAUI. OVER THE BIG ISLAND...SCATTERED TO LOCALLY BROKEN LOW
CLOUDS ARE MOVING ONSHORE INTO WINDWARD SECTIONS FROM UPOLU POINT
TO CAPE KUMUKAHI...WHILE MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES PREVAIL OVER THE
REMAINDER OF THE ISLAND.

A BAND OF CLOUDINESS NOTED WEDNESDAY EVENING ALONG A DISSIPATING
COLD FRONT NORTH OF KAUAI HAS NOW DEGENERATED INTO AREAS OF
BROKEN CLOUDINESS FROM NEAR 24N 164W TO KAUAI TO 23N 153W. THIS
CLOUDINESS IS DRIFTING SLOWLY TO THE SOUTHWEST...WITH HIGHEST
CLOUD TOPS ESTIMATED NEAR 9 THOUSAND FEET. A 100 TO 150 MILE
WIDE BAND OF CLOUDINESS PERSISTS ALONG A COLD FRONT NORTHEAST OF
THE STATE...EXTENDING FROM 24N 152W TO 30N 140W. MULTILAYERED
CLOUDS WITH TOPS UP TO 35 THOUSAND FEET ARE PRESENT WITHIN THIS
BAND EAST OF 143W. THIS CLOUD BAND IS MOVING EAST AT 20 TO 25 MPH
NORTH OF EAST OF 150W...AND DRIFTING SLOWLY TO THE SOUTHWEST WEST
OF 150W.

TO THE EAST THROUGH SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND...ANOTHER BAND OF LOW
CLOUDINESS EXTENDS FROM 24N 145W TO 19N 150W TO 15N 160W. THIS
BAND IS 100 TO 200 MILES WIDE AND NEARLY STATIONARY...WITH
HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS BETWEEN 7 AND 10 THOUSAND FEET.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN CIRRUS CLOUDINESS ASSOCIATED WITH AN UPPER
LEVEL JET STREAM IS MOVING RAPIDLY TO THE EAST-SOUTHEAST TO THE
NORTH OF A LINE FROM 30N 160W TO 26N 150W TO 25N 140W.

ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE CENTRAL NORTH PACIFIC...AREAS OF SCATTERED TO
BROKEN STRATOCUMULUS AND CUMULUS ARE MOVING GENERALLY WESTWARD AT
10 TO 15 MPH SOUTH OF 20N...MOVING EASTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH NORTH
OF 27N...AND ARE NEARLY STATIONARY IN BETWEEN 20N AND 27N. THESE
CLOUDS ARE CIRCULATING AROUND A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING
EAST TO WEST ACROSS THE BASIN BETWEEN 20N AND 27N.

THE INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE...ITCZ...REMAINS WELL SOUTH OF
10N...WITH DEEP CONVECTION CLOSE TO THE EQUATOR MAINLY BETWEEN
165W AND 180.

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JACOBSON


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