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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0530 UTC FRI NOV 28 2014

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC NOVEMBER 28 2014

SATELLITE DATA SHOWS A PERSISTENT STATIONARY FRONTAL BOUNDARY MARKED
BY A BAND OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST CUMULUS CLOUDS STRETCHING FROM 26N
140W TO 17N 154W...WITH SOME OF THE LOW CLOUDS REACHING THE WINDWARD
COASTLINE OF THE BIG ISLAND. THIS BAND IS ABOUT 180 MILES
WIDE...WITH CLOUDS TOPS BETWEEN 8 AND 12 THOUSAND FEET.

CLOSER TO THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...SCATTERED TO LOCALLY BROKEN
LOW CLOUDS ARE STREAMING FROM THE NE...COVERING MOST OF THE
WINDWARD COASTLINES OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS. OVERCAST LOW AND MID
LEVEL CLOUDS CAN BE OBSERVED OVER ALL WINDWARD AND NE AREAS OF
THE BIG ISLAND...INCLUDING PORTIONS OF THE SADDLE AREA W OF HILO.
BROKEN LOW CLOUDS ALSO COVER THE LEEWARD SLOPES AND COASTLINE FROM
KONA TO MILOLII. PATCHES OF LOCALLY BROKEN LOW CLOUDS LINGER OVER
THE SE SLOPES OF HALEAKALA...THE W MAUI MOUNTAINS...E MOLOKAI...THE
KOOLAU MOUNTAINS AND THE WAIANAE RANGE. MAINLY SCATTERED LOW CLOUDS
PREVAIL OVER KAUAI COUNTY.

ELSEWHERE...BROKEN CUMULUS AND STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS COVER MUCH OF
THE AREA. CLOUD MOTION S OF THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT AND E OF 160W
IS GENERALLY TO THE SW AT ABOUT 15 MPH. N OF THE FRONT AND E OF 160W
CLOUD MOTION TURNS TO THE S AND SW AT 15 TO 20 MPH...WHILE W OF 160W
BECOMES W AND NW AT AROUND 20 MPH. SHOWERY CUMULUS CLOUDS WITH
EMBEDDED TOWERING CUMULUS ELEMENTS ARE SPREADING ACROSS THE AREA N
OF THE ISLANDS BETWEEN 152W TO 170W...WITH HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS AROUND
27 THOUSAND FEET.

LATEST WATER VAPOR AND INFRARED SATELLITE DATA SHOW AN UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH AXIS MOVING OVER MIDWAY...PUSHING AN ASSOCIATED SWATH OF
BROKEN TO OVERCAST LAYERED CLOUDS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS INTO
THE AREA BETWEEN 22N TO 30N AND 170W TO 178W. CLOUD TOPS IN THESE
LAYERED CLOUDS ARE REACHING 37 THOUSAND FEET. THE LARGEST CLUSTER
OF ACTIVE THUNDERSTORMS IS CENTERED AROUND 26.6N 176.1W...OR ABOUT
1070 MILES WNW OF KAUAI. ADDITIONAL MID/UPPER LEVEL CLOUDS ARE
SPREADING E OUT FROM THIS AREA OF LAYERED CLOUDS THROUGH 160W.

FAR S OF THE ISLANDS...DEEP CONVECTION DOMINATES THE INTERTROPICAL
CONVERGENCE ZONE...OR ITCZ. A LARGE CLUSTER OF ACTIVE THUNDERSTORMS
EXTENDS BETWEEN 05N TO 10N AND 150W TO 165W. CLOUD TOPS ALONG THE
ITCZ RANGE FROM 48 TO 54 THOUSAND FEET. A WEAK JET IS PUSHING A
BAND OF BROKEN LAYERED CLOUDS TO THE NE FROM THE ITCZ CENTERED
ALONG A LINE FROM 10.3N 178.2W TO 17.4N 164.7W TO 17.1N
155.5W...WITH HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS AROUND 44 THOUSAND FEET.

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REYNES






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