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ATHW40 PHFO 120528
SIMHI

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0530 UTC FRI FEB 12 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC FEBRUARY 12 2016

THE LAST FEW VISIBLE IMAGES OF THE DAY REVEAL MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES
OVER MAUI COUNTY AND THE BIG ISLAND...WITH PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES
FURTHER WEST OVER OAHU AND KAUAI. OVER THE BIG ISLAND...SMALL
PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS ARE PRESENT OVER THE HAMAKUA COAST SOUTHWARD
INTO THE HILO AND PUNA AREAS...WHILE ON THE KONA COAST A FEW
PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS ON THE SLOPES APPEAR TO BE DISSIPATING AT
SUNSET. CLEAR SKIES PREVAIL OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE BIG ISLAND.
ON MAUI...PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS ARE PRESENT OVER THE WEST MAUI
MOUNTAINS AND ON THE WINDWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA...OTHERWISE
CLEAR SKIES PREVAIL. CLEAR SKIES ALSO PREVAIL OVER LANAI AND
MOLOKAI...EXCEPT FOR A SMALL PATCH OF LOW CLOUDS OVER THE EASTERN
TIP OF MOLOKAI. OVER OAHU...BROKEN LOW CLOUDS ARE PRESENT OVER
THE KOOLAU RANGE...WITH SCATTERED CLOUDINESS OVER THE REMAINDER
OF THE ISLAND. SCATTERED TO BROKEN LOW CLOUDS ARE ALSO PRESENT
OVER THE ENTIRE ISLAND OF KAUAI...WITH CLOUDS MOST PREVALENT OVER
THE HIGHER INTERIOR TERRAIN. ACROSS THE COASTAL WATERS AROUND
HAWAII...SCATTERED TO BROKEN STRATOCUMULUS ARE MOVING TO THE WEST
SOUTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH WITHIN THE TRADE WIND FLOW...AND HIGHEST
CLOUD TOPS ARE NEAR 7 THOUSAND FEET.

FAR TO THE NORTHEAST OF HAWAII...A BAND OF LAYERED CLOUDINESS
ALONG A WEAK COLD FRONT IS LOCATED WITHIN 100 MILES OF A LINE FROM
27N 140W TO 25N 145W. THIS BAND IS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE
SOUTHEAST...WITH HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS EXTENDING UP TO 35 THOUSAND
FEET. FURTHER TO THE WEST...A 100 MILE WIDE BAND OF BROKEN
STRATOCUMULUS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISSIPATING TAIL END OF THE
SAME FRONT EXTENDS FROM 25N 145W TO 24N 152W. ANOTHER BAND OF
STRATOCUMULUS...ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF A DISSIPATED
FRONT...LIES ALONG A LINE FROM 22N 144W TO 17N 154W TO 14N 163W.
THIS BAND IS 50 TO 100 MILES WIDE AND IS MOVING TO THE SOUTHWEST
AT 10 TO 15 MPH WITHIN THE TRADE WIND FLOW.

OVER THE FAR NORTHWESTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...A THICK BAND OF
BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW AND MID LEVEL CLOUDINESS LIES NORTH AND
WEST OF A LINE FROM 30N 170W TO 22N 180. THESE CLOUDS ARE
ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT WHICH IS PRODUCING PERIODS OF
MODERATE RAIN AND GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS OVER MIDWAY ATOLL. THIS
BAND OF CLOUDS IS MOVING TO THE EAST AT 15 TO 20 MPH...WITH
HIGHEST CLOUD TOPS ESTIMATED NEAR 15 THOUSAND FEET.

ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE TROPICAL CENTRAL NORTH PACIFIC FROM 10N TO
30N BETWEEN 140W AND THE DATE LINE...SCATTERED TO LOCALLY BROKEN
STRATOCUMULUS ARE PREDOMINANT...WITH NO SIGNIFICANT DEEP
CONVECTION NOTED. FAR TO THE SOUTH...CONVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH
THE INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE REMAINS SOUTH OF 5N BETWEEN
155W AND 180...ALTHOUGH SOME CIRRUS CLOUDINESS EMANATING FROM THIS
CONVECTION IS SPREADING NORTHWARD INTO THE DISCUSSION AREA BETWEEN
160W AND 180 SOUTH OF 15N.

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JACOBSON



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