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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0530 UTC MON MAR 02 2015

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC MARCH 02 2015

WATER VAPOR AND INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOW AN UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH JUST NE OF THE ISLANDS CENTERED ALONG A LINE FROM 30.0N
159.0W TO 20.5N 153.4W...AND AN ASSOCIATED MID LEVEL TROUGH FROM
30.0N 151.7W TO 21.8N 149.8W. A LARGE 400 MILE-WIDE BAND OF LAYERED
CLOUDS EXTENDS ALONG THE MID LEVEL TROUGH AXIS...COVERING THE AREA
BETWEEN 22.0N TO 30.0N AND 146.6W TO 155.0W. ALSO...A SURFACE TROUGH
LIES UNDER THE BAND OF LAYERED CLOUDS...CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH THE MID
LEVEL TROUGH. A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS IS CENTERED AROUND 23.4N
150.6W...OR ABOUT 390 MILES ENE OF MAUI...AND WITH HIGHEST CLOUD
TOPS REACHING 40 THOUSAND FEET.

CLOSER TO THE ISLAND CHAIN...BROKEN LOW CLOUDS PREVAIL OVER MUCH OF
THE BIG ISLAND WITH THUNDERSTORMS STILL LINGERING OVER KONA AND THE
N KOHALA DISTRICT. BROKEN TO OVERCAST LAYERED CLOUDS STREAMING FROM
THE SW ARE OBSCURING LOW LEVEL FEATURES ACROSS THE S HALF OF THE
BIG ISLAND. ON MAUI COUNTY...BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS WITH
EMBEDDED SHOWERS COVER THE LEEWARD AND SE SLOPES OF HALEAKALA...
WHILE SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS LINGER OVER THE WINDWARD COASTLINE
FROM HUELO TO HONOKOHAU. OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS AND SHOWERS COVER MOST
OF THE W MAUI MOUNTAINS. MAINLY SCATTERED TO LOCALLY BROKEN LOW
CLOUDS PREVAIL OVER MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THE UPPER LEVEL CLOUD COVER
OVER MAUI COUNTY IS GRADUALLY DISSIPATING. ON OAHU...SCATTERED LOW
CLOUDS PREVAIL EXCEPT FOR BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS LINGERING
ACROSS THE RIDGES OF THE KOOLAU MOUNTAINS AND ALONG PORTIONS OF THE
WINDWARD COASTLINE. ON KAUAI COUNTY...BROKEN LOW CLOUDS COVER MOST
WINDWARD AND INTERIOR AREAS OF MAUI. THE LAYERED/UPPER LEVEL CLOUD
COVER HAS NOW DISSIPATED OVER OAHU AND KAUAI.

ELSEWHERE...N OF 10N BETWEEN 140W TO THE SURFACE/MID LEVEL
TROUGH...SCATTERED TO BROKEN CUMULUS AND STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS
PREVAIL WITH INDIVIDUAL CLOUD ELEMENTS MOVING W AT ABOUT 15 MPH.
BEHIND THE TROUGH AND THROUGH 180...BROKEN TO OVERCAST STRATOCUMULUS
CLOUDS COVER THE AREA N OF 20N...WITH CLOUD MOTION TO THE S/SW AT
15 TO 20 MPH. BROKEN LAYERED CLOUDS WITH SPORADIC THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY CAN STILL BE OBSERVED BETWEEN 10N TO 20N AND 148W TO 160W.

FAR S OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...DEEP CONVECTION AND
THUNDERSTORMS REMAIN OVER THE INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE...OR
ITCZ...BETWEEN 02N TO 10N AND 153W TO 180. HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS ARE
REACHING 52 THOUSAND FEET.

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