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ATHW40 PHFO 271232
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
1230 UTC SAT AUG 27 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 1200 UTC AUGUST 27 2016

AT 200 AM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A CLOUD BAND ASSOCIATED
WITH A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY EXTENDING WEST-SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE FAR
NORTHWEST PORTION OF THE DISCUSSION AREA...WHICH WAS SEVERAL HUNDRED
MILES NORTHWEST OF KAUAI. A FEW TOWERING CUMULUS CLOUDS CONTINUED TO
DEVELOP EAST OF THIS BOUNDARY BETWEEN 24N AND 30N FROM 165W TO 170W
AND NEAR THE DATE LINE AROUND 23N. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS EXTENDED TO 35
TO 40 THOUSAND FEET.

SCATTERED CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER AND AROUND THE MAIN
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST WITHIN THE TRADE
WINDS SOUTH OF HIGH PRESSURE. A FEW PATCHES OF BROKEN TO OVERCAST
LOW CLOUDS CONTINUED TO IMPACT PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST
PORTIONS OF THE BIG ISLAND AND THE MAUI COUNTY ISLANDS...WHICH WERE
TRANSLATING TO CLOUDY CONDITIONS. ELSEWHERE...MUCH OF THESE LOW
CLOUDS TRACKING THROUGH THE SMALLER ISLANDS WERE FOCUSING OVER AND
ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES...WITH ONLY A FEW CLOUDS MANAGING TO SPILL
OVER TO THE LEEWARD SIDES. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE
CLOUDS EXTENDED TO AROUND 10 THOUSAND FEET OR LESS...WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF A FEW TOPS BRIEFLY REACHING 15 THOUSAND FEET
OCCASIONALLY. SCATTERED HIGH CLOUDS ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS
WELL SOUTH OF THE STATE WERE BEGINNING TO MOVE OVER PORTIONS OF THE
BIG ISLAND AND THE WATERS TO ITS SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A SURFACE TROUGH WERE
LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND FROM 8N TO 15N
FROM 148W TO 164W. THESE CLOUDS WERE TRACKING TOWARD THE WEST AROUND
10 MPH. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE STORMS EXTENDED TO
AROUND 45 THOUSAND FEET.  FARTHER EAST...OR 1185 MILES EAST-
SOUTHEAST OF SOUTH POINT...THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL
STORM MADELINE WERE ENTERING THE DISCUSSION AREA. CLOUD TOPS
ASSOCIATED WITH THESE STORMS EXTENDED TO AROUND 55 THOUSAND FEET.

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