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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0500 UTC SUN AUG 31 2014

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0430 UTC AUGUST 31 2014

MUCH OF THE ALOHA STATE IS CLEAR TO PARTLY CLOUDY THIS EARLY
EVENING.  HOWEVER...ON THE BIG ISLAND...LOW CLOUDINESS BLANKETS THE
MOUNTAIN SLOPES AND COVERS COASTAL AREAS IN HAMAKUA...HILO...AND
EASTERN PUNA.  LOWER CEILINGS ALSO EXIST ON THE WEST- AND SOUTHWEST-
FACING SLOPES OF HALEAKALA IN EAST MAUI.  LOW CLOUD MOTION IS FROM
THE EAST BETWEEN 10 AND 15 MPH ACROSS THE ISLAND CHAIN.

AS OF BULLETIN TIME...SMALL PATCHES OF BROKEN LOW CLOUDS ARE WEST OF
THE BIG ISLAND...SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST OF MAUI COUNTY...AND WEST OF
NIIHAU.  SKIES ARE CLEAR TO SCATTERED ELSEWHERE IN THE ADJACENT
COASTAL WATERS.

ALOFT ABOVE 25 THOUSAND FEET...A HIGH APPEARS TO BE CENTERED NEAR
THE BIG ISLAND.  WATER VAPOR IMAGERY ALSO SHOWS A LARGE AREA OF DRY
AIR SURROUNDING THE HIGH...INCLUDING SKIES OVER THE ISLANDS.
LOOKING FARTHER AFIELD...AN UPPER LOW IS MORE THAN 1400 MILES WEST-
NORTHWEST OF KAUAI AND HAS BEEN BEEN DRIFTING SOUTH.  SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN FIRING
FROM 26N TO 31N BETWEEN 176E AND 177W.  MIDWAY ATOLL HAS RECENTLY
BEEN ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE MOST INTENSE WEATHER...THOUGH EARLIER
IN THE DAY THE SITE RECORDED LOW CEILINGS...LOWER VISIBILITIES WITH
RAIN...AND GUSTY WINDS FROM THE EAST.

CONVECTION HAS BEEN WEAK AND SPORADIC FAR SOUTH OF HAWAII ALONG THE
INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE.  MOST OF THE SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS HAVE BEEN OCCURRING FROM 05N TO 13N BETWEEN 135W AND
153W.

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KINEL




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