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ATHW40 PHFO 011231
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1225 UTC SAT OCT 01 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC OCTOBER 01 2016

AT 200 AM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A CLOUD SWIRL ASSOCIATED
WITH FORMER TROPICAL CYCLONE ULIKA TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST AROUND
500 MILES EAST OF HILO AT 15 MPH. A FEW TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE
DEVELOPING AROUND THIS SWIRL OCCASIONALLY WITH MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS
REACHING 30 THOUSAND FEET.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN PATCHES OF CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER AND
AROUND THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST WITHIN THE
TRADE WINDS. THIS LOW-LEVEL COVERAGE COMBINED WITH A BAND OF UPPER
CLOUDS LIFTING NORTH OVER THE REGION WERE TRANSLATING TO MOSTLY
CLOUDY SKIES OVER THE BIG ISLAND AND ITS SURROUNDING WATERS.
ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THIS LOW CLOUD COVERAGE WAS FOCUSING OVER THE
WINDWARD LOCATIONS OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS...SOME CLOUDS WERE
MANAGING TO SPILL OVER TO THE LEEWARD SECTIONS OCCASIONALLY. MAXIMUM
CLOUD TOPS OVER THE ISLANDS EXTENDED INTO THE 15 TO 20 THOUSAND FOOT
RANGE. BENIGN CONDITIONS PREVAILED NORTH OF THE STATE TO 30N WITH
MAINLY SCATTERED CUMULUS CLOUDS TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST WITH TOPS
TO 15 THOUSAND FEET OR LESS.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUED TO DEVELOP WELL SOUTH OF THE STATE
ACROSS THE DEEP TROPICS BETWEEN 7N AND 15N FROM 160W TO THE DATE
LINE. CLOUD TOPS WERE EXTENDING INTO THE 50 TO 55 THOUSAND FOOT
RANGE...WITH THE BEST COVERAGE NEAR THE DATE LINE AROUND 10N.

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