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ATHW40 PHFO 011208
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1230 UTC SUN FEB 01 2015

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC FEBRUARY 01 2015

TO THE NORTHWEST THROUGH NORTHEAST...A NEARLY STATIONARY CLOUD BAND
ASSOCIATED WITH TWO FRONTS EXTENDED ACROSS HAWAIIAN WATERS BETWEEN
THE CURVE FROM 30N 149W TO 26N 151W TO 23N 163W TO 26N 169W TO 30N
171W...AND THE CURVE FROM 30N 142W TO 28N 144W TO 23N 152W TO 20N
161W TO 18N 176W TO 20N 180. THIS FEATURE CONSISTED MOSTLY OF
SEPARATING MIDDLE TO LOW CLOUD LAYERS BETWEEN 153W AND 159W...BUT
DEEP CLOUD LAYERS ELSEWHERE. THINNER HIGH CLOUD LAYERS ALSO OBSCURED
LOWER FEATURES PARTLY EAST OF THE BAND ALL THE WAY TO 140W TO THE
NORTH OF 25N...AND MOSTLY TO PARTLY WITHIN 125 MILES OF THE CURVE
FROM 30N 154W TO 27N 160W TO 26N 170W. DENSELY PACKED COLD-AIR
CUMULI LOCALLY MERGED INTO AREAS OF NEARLY SOLID LOW TO MIDDLE
OVERCAST NORTH OF THE BAND.

TO THE SOUTH...LIGHT TO MODERATE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY CONTINUED IN
THE ITCZ FROM 08N TO 04N...ALMOST ENTIRELY EAST OF 157W. LAYERED
MIDDLE TO HIGH DEBRIS CLOUDS FROM THIS AND EARLIER CONVECTION MOSTLY
TO PARTLY OBSCURED LOWER FEATURES FROM 10N TO THE EQUATOR ACROSS
MOST OF THE AREA...AND AS FAR NORTH AS 17N BETWEEN 160W AND 153W.

OTHERWISE...CLOUD COVER OVER HAWAIIAN WATERS CONSISTED MAINLY OF
MARINE STRATOCUMULI AND CUMULI MERGING INTO AREAS OF NEARLY SOLID
LOW TO MIDDLE OVERCAST EAST OF 140W. INDIVIDUAL SMALL CUMULI ALSO
OCCURRED THROUGHOUT. THESE CLOUDS WERE GREATEST IN AREAL COVERAGE
EAST OF THE CURVE FROM 28N 140W TO 17N 151W TO 12N 150W TO 12N 140W.
THEY GENERALLY ROSE TO HEIGHTS OF 8000 TO 12000 FEET. THESE CLOUDS
TYPICALLY MOVED TOWARD THE WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 MILES AN
HOUR.

ACROSS THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...CLOUD COVER CONSISTED MOSTLY OF
LAYER FRAGMENTS FROM THE FRONTAL CLOUD BAND OVER KAUAI COUNTY...
OAHU...AND NORTH MAUI COUNTY...BUT A MIX OF STRATOCUMULI AND CUMULI
FORMING IN PLACE OVER EAST THROUGH SOUTH SLOPES OF THE BIG ISLAND.
THESE CLOUDS GENERALLY ROSE TO HEIGHTS OF 7000 TO 10000 FEET. RADAR
DATA FROM NEAR THE ISLANDS SHOWED SCATTERED MODERATE TO HEAVY
SHOWERS ALONG THE NORTH COASTS OF MAUI AND MOLOKAI...SCATTERED
SHOWERS ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE BIG ISLAND...AND SCATTERED
SHOWERS WELL OFFSHORE TO THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST OF MAUI
COUNTY...BUT ISOLATED SHOWERS AT MOST ELSEWHERE.

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RYSHKO




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