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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1220 UTC SAT FEB 13 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC FEBRUARY 13 2016

AT 200 AM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A 300 MILE-WIDE CLOUD BAND
ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT EXTENDING SOUTHWEST FROM 30N 168W TO
THE DATE LINE AROUND 20N. THE LEADING EDGE OF THIS CLOUD BAND WAS
APPROXIMATELY 700 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF KAUAI AND HAD MADE LITTLE
EASTWARD PROGRESS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS
EXTENDED TO AROUND 27 THOUSAND FEET...MOSTLY NORTH OF 25N.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN PATCHES OF LOW-LEVEL CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE SHOWN
TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST AND WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 25 MPH OVER THE
MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SOUTH OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING
WEST JUST NORTH OF THE ISLANDS. MOSTLY CLEAR CONDITIONS WERE
DEPICTED OVER KAUAI AND NIIHAU. MOST OF THE COVERAGE OVER OAHU WAS
FOCUSED OVER THE WINDWARD SLOPES AND THE ADJACENT WATERS EXTENDING
NORTH FROM THE NORTH SHORE. MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES WERE SHOWN OVER THE
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST SECTIONS OF THE ISLAND. MOSTLY CLEAR
CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT OVER MOLOKAI AND LANAI. BROKEN PATCHES OF
LOW CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER MAUI COUNTY...ESPECIALLY OVER THE AREAS
EAST OF KAHULUI. BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS HAD MOVED OVER THE
PUNA AND SOUTH HILO DISTRICTS WITH ISOLATED TO SCATTERED LOW CLOUDS
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BIG ISLAND. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS REMAINED AT OR
BELOW 10 THOUSAND FEET.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN LAYERED CLOUDS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WERE
SHOWN WELL SOUTH OF THE STATE NEAR THE EQUATOR AND THE ITCZ. MOST OF
THIS CLOUD COVERAGE WAS DEPICTED BETWEEN THE EQUATOR AND 10N FROM
144W TO THE DATE LINE. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS EXTENDED TO AROUND 55
THOUSAND FEET BETWEEN 145W AND 150W.

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AG



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