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ATHW40 PHFO 050024
SIMHI

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0030 UTC THU MAY 05 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0000 UTC MAY 05 2016

A CLOUD BAND ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT IS LOCATED OVER THE
NORTHWEST WATERS...AND IS UP TO 300 MILES WIDE. THE LEADING EDGE
OF THE BAND EXTENDS FROM 30N167W TO 24N180...OR FROM 600 MILES
EAST-NORTHEAST OF MIDWAY ATOLL TO 300 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF
MIDWAY. THIS BAND IS COMPOSED PRIMARILY OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST
CUMULUS CLOUDS. A NARROW BAND OF TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS IS
LOCATED ALONG THE LEADING EDGE...WITH TOPS EXTENDING UP TO 18000
FT. THE OVERALL CLOUD BAND IS MOVING TO THE EAST AT 20 MPH.

PATCHES OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS ARE LOCATED SOUTHEAST OF
THIS BAND...AND ARE GREATEST IN COVERAGE EAST OF 160W. THESE
CLOUDS ARE COMPOSED PRIMARILY OF STABLE CLOSED CELL CUMULUS
ELEMENTS NORTH OF 23N...AND PRIMARILY SHOWERY OPEN CELL CUMULUS
ELEMENTS SOUTH OF 23N. CLOUD MOTIONS ARE TO THE WEST OR WEST-
SOUTHWEST AT 15 TO 20 MPH SOUTH OF 23N...AND ALSO NORTH OF 23N
EAST OF 146W. CLOUD MOTIONS ARE TO THE NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 MPH
NORTH OF 23N WEST OF 146W.

ACROSS THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS
COVER MUCH OF KAUAI...AND EXTEND 40 MILES OFFSHORE TO THE WEST. A
LARGER BAND OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS COVERS MOST OF THE
CENTRAL ISLANDS FROM THE KAUAI CHANNEL TO THE ALENUIHAHA CHANNEL.
ADDITIONAL PATCHY AREAS OF LOW CLOUDS ARE ALSO LOCATED WITHIN 100
MILES OFFSHORE TO THE SOUTH.

ON THE BIG ISLAND...BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS COVER MOST OF
THE LOWER SLOPES. THE EXCEPTION IS ACROSS EASTERN COASTAL
SECTIONS OF PUNA DISTRICT...EXTENDING ALMOST AS FAR NORTH AS HILO
TOWN...WHERE CLOUDS ARE ONLY SCATTERED IN COVERAGE. OTHERWISE THE
CLOUDS ALONG THE LOWER SLOPES EXTEND UP TO 8000 FT ALONG THE
WINDWARD SLOPES OF MAUNA KEA AND MAUNA LOA...AND UP TO 11000 FT
ACROSS LEEWARD SLOPES. THE LOW CLOUDS ALSO EXTEND 20 MILES
OFFSHORE TO THE WEST.

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BRAVENDER



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