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ATHW40 PHFO 051825
SIMHI

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1830 UTC THU MAR 05 2015

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1800 UTC MARCH 05 2015

WATER VAPOR IMAGERY FROM 1700Z SHOWS TWO SHORTWAVE TROUGHS IN THE
NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE AREA. THE FIRST TROUGH IS JUST NORTH OF
THE AREA...WITH THE AXIS FROM 33N149W TO 31N144W...MOVING EAST
NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. THE SECOND SHORTWAVE TROUGH IS JUST NORTHEAST
OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...FROM 24N158W TO 21N151W. THIS SHORTWAVE
IS MOVING TO THE EAST NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH. THE WESTERN PORTION OF
THE AREA IS DOMINATED BY A BROAD ANTICYCLONE.

INFRARED AND VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOW OVERCAST LAYERED
CLOUDS SOUTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM 30N147W TO 20N155W TO 17N170W
TO 17N180W...WITH THE DENSEST AREA NORTH OF 20N. CLOUD TOPS IN THIS
AREA ARE BETWEEN 30 AND 35 THOUSAND FEET. SOUTH OF 20N...CLOUD TOPS
ARE BETWEEN 18 AND 22 THOUSAND FEET. JUST SOUTH OF 10N...AREAS OF
CONVECTION ARE CENTERED NEAR 09N146W...06N166W...AND 10N180W WITH
CUMULONIMBUS TOPS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 THOUSAND FEET.

A MIX OF STRATOCUMULUS AND CUMULUS COVER THE WESTERN PART OF THE
AREA UNDER THE BROAD ANTICYCLONE. CLOUDS ARE ARE MOVING SOUTHWEST
APPROXIMATELY BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MPH.

THE LAYRED CLOUDS MENTIONED ABOVE COVER THE BIG ISLAND SOUTH OF A
LINE FROM WAIPIO VALLEY TO WAIKOLOA. SHOWERY OPENED CELLED CUMULUS
ARE OVER THE OTHER ISLANDS. CLOUD TOPS ARE BETWEEN 8 AND 12 THOUSAND
FEET AND ARE GENERALLY MOVING SOUTHWEST BETWEEN 15 AND 20 MPH. THE
SMALLER ISLANDS ARE MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGHOUT...WITH CLOUDIER
CONDITIONS OVER NORTH THRU EAST SECTIONS.



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EATON/BRAVENDER





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