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ATHW40 PHFO 130037
SIMHI

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0030 UTC SAT FEB 13 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0000 UTC FEBRUARY 13 2016

OVERALL SYNOPTIC PATTERN FOR THE AREA HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE THIS
MORNINGS DISCUSSION. WATER VAPOR IMAGERY CONTINUES TO SHOW UPPER
LEVEL RIDGING CENTERED OVER THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...WITH UPPER
LEVEL TROUGHS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AREA. A 300 MILE WIDE LAYERED
CLOUD FRONTAL BAND INTERSECTS THE NORTHWESTERN MOST CORNER OF THE
AREA FROM 30N 167W TO 21N 180W. OVERALL THE FRONT IS MOVING TO THE
EAST AROUND 20 MPH.

LOW LEVEL CLOUD MOTIONS AND LOW LEVEL SATELLITE DERIVED WINDS
PLACE THE CENTER OF A SURFACE HIGH JUST NORTHEAST OF THE AREA AT
31N 141W WITH A RIDGE EXTENDING TO 17N 180W. LOW LEVEL CLOUDS
THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE AREA FOLLOW THE CIRCULATION AROUND THE
HIGH. NORTH OF THE RIDGE...AND EAST OF THE FRONT MENTIONED ABOVE
SCATTERED CUMULUS /CU/ AND STRATOCUMULUS /SC/ ARE GENERALLY MOVING
TO THE NORTHEAST BETWEEN 15 AND 30 MPH...WITH FASTEST CLOUD
MOTIONS CLOSER TO THE FRONTAL BAND. SOUTH OF THE RIDGE AND SOUTH
OF 20N...THE SCATTERED CU AND SC ARE MOVING TO THE WEST BETWEEN 20
AND 30 MPH. NORTH OF 20N AND SOUTH OF THE RIDGE...THE SCATTERED TO
BROKEN SC AND CU ARE MOVING TO THE SOUTHWEST AND WEST BETWEEN 15
TO 25 MPH. CLOUDS MOVING AROUND THE HIGH GENERALLY HAVE TOPS LESS
THAN 10 THOUSAND FEET.

OVER THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW LEVEL
CLOUDS ARE BANKED UP ALONG THE MOUNTAIN SLOPES TO 8 THOUSAND FEET
IN THE KOHALA...KONA...AND KAU DISTRICTS ON THE BIG ISLAND. THE
HILO AND PUNA DISTRICTS HAVE FEW TO SCATTERED CLOUDS. THE
NORTHEASTERN MOUNTAIN SLOPES ON MOLOKAI...LANAI...AND MAUI HAVE
BROKEN LOW CLOUDS. THE REMAINING AREAS ON THESE ISLANDS HAVE FEW
CLOUDS. SCATTERED TO BROKEN LOW CLOUDS COVER KAUAI...WHILE FEW
LOW CLOUDS COVER OAHU. SCATTERED SC AND CU NORTHEAST OF THE
ISLANDS ARE MOVING MOVING TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH.

ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE /ITCZ/
REMAINS SOUTH OF 10N WITH ONLY LITTLE CIRRUS /CI/ BLOW OFF
BETWEEN 155W AND 180W...SOUTH OF 15N.

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EATON


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