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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0030 UTC SUN DEC 04 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0000 UTC DECEMBER 04 2016

WATER VAPOR IMAGERY SHOWS AN UPPER TROUGH WITH AN AXIS FROM 37N162W
TO 18N166W...OR ABOUT 325 MILES WEST OF KAUAI AND MOVING EAST AT
10 MPH. INFRARED SATELLITE SHOWS SCATTERED TO BROKEN CUMULUS AND
TOWERING CUMULUS /TCU/ ALONG THE EASTERN FLANK OF THE TROUGH AXIS
EXTENDING EASTWARD TO AROUND 160W. TCU CLOUD TOPS ARE UP TO 27 KFT
IN HEIGHT.

THIS UPPER TROUGH HAS A STATIONARY FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH IT WHICH
EXTENDS FROM 28N163W TO 18N178W. WEST OF THE FRONT...BROKEN TO
OVERCAST STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS ARE MOVING 30 MPH TOWARD THE
SOUTHWEST. THIS CLOUD FIELD EXTENDS NORTH OF 30N AND WEST OF THE
DATELINE.

A SHORTWAVE TROUGH HAS AN AXIS FROM 23N155W TO 14N145W. A 300
MILE WIDE LINE OF LAYERED AND TCU CLOUDS RUNS ALONG THE AXIS WITH
THE HIGHEST TOPS TO 48 KFT NEAR 16N148W. MOST OF THESE CLOUDS ARE
ABOUT 150 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. LAYERED
MID AND HIGH CLOUDS COVERS THE AREA NORTHEAST OF SHORTWAVE UP TO A
LINE FROM 30N144W TO 24N140W. BEYOND THIS LINE...STRATOCUMULUS
CLOUDS PUSHED IN WITH THE TRADE WINDS ARE MOVING EAST TO WEST AT
20 TO 30 MPH BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR UNDER THE LAYERED CLOUDS.

ELSEWHERE...SCATTERED LOW CLOUDS ARE MOVING WESTWARD AT 20 MPH
BETWEEN 12N AND 20N WEST OF 152W. IN THE DEEP TROPICS...SCATTERED
MODERATE TO STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ARE LOCATED ALONG A 200 TO 300
MILE WIDE BAND FROM 10N140W TO 10N160W TO 04N173W. HIGHEST CLOUD
TOPS IN THIS AREA ARE UP TO 47 KFT IN HEIGHT.

THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HAVE GENERALLY BROKEN CUMULUS WITH SOME TCU
CLOUDS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OVER THE ISLANDS. THESE SHOWERS ARE
FLARING UP AND DOWN THIS AFTERNOON. CURRENTLY...INTERIOR SECTIONS
OF KAUAI...OAHU...THE LEEWARD SIDE OF HALEAKALA ON MAUI AND THE
KOHALA AREA HAVE TCU. THE TCU CLOUDS ARE GENERALLY TOPPED AT
AROUND 25 KFT IN HEIGHT...BUT AS HIGH AS 35 KFT OVER KAUAI.

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EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY...DECEMBER 14 2016...THE NWS WILL DISCONTINUE
THIS PRODUCT. FOR QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT TOM EVANS AT
808-973-5273. THE OFFICIAL CHANGE NOTICE CAN BE FOUND AT...ALL
LOWER CASE...HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/NOTIF.HTML


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