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ATHW40 PHFO 260535
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0530 UTC MON JAN 26 2015

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC JANUARY 26 2015

ANIMATION OF THE INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY OF THE PAST 8 HOURS
SHOWS A SURFACE HIGH AT 29N158W OR 480 MILES NORTH OF KAUAI MOVING
EAST 15 TO 20 MPH.

THE HIGH HAS BEEN SUPPLYING LOW LEVEL WINDS TO THE ISLANDS IN WAKE
OF A FRONT THAT EASED THROUGH ISLANDS DURING THE PAST 24 TO 48
HOURS. AFTER THE FRONT HAD MOVED THROUGH...THE WINDS OVER THE
ISLANDS HAVE BEEN VEERING FROM NORTHWEST TO NORTH TO NOW NORTHEAST
AS THE EASTWARD TRAVELING HIGH MOVED TO A POINT NORTH OF KAUAI THIS
AFTERNOON. THE WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO SHIFT TO THE EAST DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS AS THE HIGH CONTINUES EASTWARD.

HEAVILY LADEN LOW LEVEL MOISTURE LEFT BEHIND BY THE FRONT CONTINUED
TO AFFECT MOST OF THE ISLANDS THIS EVENING. THE MOISTURE IN THE FORM
OF MAINLY STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS...COVERED MOST OF THE ISLANDS
INCLUDING THE SURROUNDING WATERS AT SUNSET. MORE SO...THE WINDWARD
SECTIONS OF ALL BUT KAUAI AND ALL OF LANAI CONTINUED CLOUDY...DAMP
AND MISTY. HOWEVER...ON THE LEE SIDE OF THESE ISLANDS...INCLUDING
THE KONA SIDE OF THE BIG ISLAND...THE WEATHER IS A WHOLE LOT DRIER.

THE TOP OF THE SC LAYER RANGED FROM 6K FEET OVER KAUAI TO 8K OVER
MOLOKAI TO 9K OVER ON THE BIG ISLAND. THE SC LAYER OVER KAUAI
COUNTY IS HIGH BASED...ABOVE 4K FEET...AND DRY AT THE LOWER
ELEVATIONS. LANAI HAD SOME LOW STRATUS AND FOG.

THE FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH THE ISLANDS IS NOW EAST AND SOUTHEAST
OF THE BIG ISLAND WITH ITS CLOSEST POINT BEING 130 MILES SOUTHEAST
OF THE KAU COAST. THE FRONT IS MARKED BY A BAND WITH A WIDTH OF UP
TO 120 MILES. THE COORDINATES TO THE LEADING EDGE OF THE FRONT AS
OF 7 PM HST ARE 30N137W 26N140W 20N148W AND 17N155W. IT IS MOVING
SOUTHEASTWARD NEAR 10 MPH.

ELSEWHERE ON INFRARED IMAGERY...A MIXTURE OF BROKEN SC AND CUMULUS
CLOUDS FILLED THE REST OF THE AREA BETWEEN THE FRONT AND 160W...
WHILE A LARGE FIELD OF SC SHROUDED THE AREA BETWEEN 160W AND 170W
NORTH OF 18N. THERE IS A CLEAR SLOT TO JUST EAST OF MIDWAY ATOLL
LOCATED AT 28N174W. THE ATOLL IS ON THE VERGE OF BEING COVERED UP BY
CLOUDS FROM ANOTHER FRONT. THE COORDINATES OF THIS FRONT IS FROM
30N175W TO 28N180W. THE FRONT EXTENDED BEYOND 30N TO A LOW NEAR
37N166W...AND WELL WEST OF 180W.

WATER VAPOR IMAGERY SHOWS A NORTHWEST WIND FLOW ABOVE THE ISLANDS
WITH A ANTICYCLONIC HIGH AT 20N168W.

THE TROPICAL ZONE SOUTH OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IS FREE OF ANY DEEP
CONVECTION.


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