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ATHW40 PHFO 160023
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0030 UTC TUE SEP 16 2014

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0000 UTC SEPTEMBER 16 2014

THE MAIN CLOUD FEATURE AROUND THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IS A BAND OF
CLOUDS WHICH ARE THE MANGLED REMNANTS OF AN OLD FRONT. THE BAND
EXTENDS FROM NEAR 27N140W TO 22N150W ACROSS THE BIG ISLAND TO
19N160W. THE BAND HAS BEEN MOVING TOWARD THE SOUTH SOUTHEAST AT 5 TO
10 MPH.

CLOUD COVERAGE OVER THE ISLANDS THEMSELVES VARIED FROM ISLAND TO
ISLAND BUT HAS INCREASED SINCE THIS MORNING. OVER KAUAI LOW CLOUDS
ARE COVERING MOST INTERIOR AREAS WITH SCATTERED LOW CLOUDS SEEN
ELSEWHERE. OVER OAHU LOW CLOUDS ARE BANKED UP OVER THE SLOPES AND
SUMMITS OF BOTH THE KOOLAU AND WAIANAE MOUNTAIN RANGES WITH
SCATTERED LOW CLOUDS SEEN OVER LEEWARD AND INTERIOR AREAS. JUST A
FEW PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS ARE SEEN OVER INTERIOR MOLOKAI AND LANAI.
OVER MAUI LOW CLOUDS ARE BANKED UP OVER THE SLOPES OF HALEAKALA AS
WELL AS OVER THE SLOPES AND SUMMITS OF THE WEST MAUI MOUNTAINS. OVER
THE BIG ISLAND THE ABOVE MENTIONED CLOUD BAND ALONG WITH DAYTIME
HEATING HAS CAUSED MOST OF THE BIG ISLAND TO BECOME COVERED IN
CLOUDS. CLOUD TOPS OVER THE BIG ISLAND ARE ESTIMATED TO BE UP TO
AROUND 25000 FEET.

A COUPLE OF AREAS OF DEEP CONVECTION ARE NOTED ALONG THE ITCZ. THE
FIRST AREA IS CENTERED ABOUT 900 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND
WHILE A SECOND AREA LIES ABOUT 1150 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HONOLULU.
THESE AREAS HAVE BEEN NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS.

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BURKE




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