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ATHW40 PHFO 040521
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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0530 UTC WED MAY 04 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC MAY 04 2016

AT 700 PM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A NARROW CLOUD BAND
ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF AN OLD FRONTAL BOUNDARY EXTENDING
WEST-SOUTHWEST FROM 24N 140W THROUGH OAHU AND KAUAI. THIS BAND WAS
NEARLY STATIONARY WITH A SLIGHT DRIFT TOWARD THE SOUTH BETWEEN THE
BIG ISLAND AND 140W. CLOUD TOPS WITHIN THIS BAND WERE LESS THAN 12
THOUSAND FEET.

BROKEN TO OVERCAST SHOWERY LOW CLOUDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
AFOREMENTIONED CLOUD BAND CONTINUED TO IMPACT PORTIONS OF OAHU AND
KAUAI...ESPECIALLY OVER THE WINDWARD AND NORTHERN SECTIONS OF THE
ISLANDS. THE CLOUD COVERAGE WAS SCATTERING OR BREAKING UP ACROSS THE
INTERIOR AND LEEWARD SECTIONS OF THE ISLANDS. THIS CLOUD BAND WAS
ALSO IMPACTING THE NEARSHORE WATERS NORTH OF OAHU OUT TO 50
MILES...AS WELL AS THE KAUAI CHANNEL. BROKEN LOW CLOUDS WERE
FOCUSING OVER THE NORTHEAST COASTAL SECTIONS OF MOLOKAI...LEAVING
THE LEEWARD SECTIONS OF THE ISLAND UNDER PARTLY CLOUDY TO MOSTLY
CLEAR CONDITIONS. BROKEN TO OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS WERE FOCUSING OVER
THE WINDWARD SLOPES OF THE WEST MAUI MOUNTAINS TO MAALAEA TO THE
SOUTHWEST SLOPES OF HALEAKALA. ELSEWHERE...MOSTLY CLEAR TO ISOLATED
CONDITIONS WERE SHOWN. OVERCAST LOW CLOUDS WERE PRESENT OVER THE
LEEWARD SIDE OF THE BIG ISLAND...MAINLY FROM KONA TO SOUTH
POINT...INCLUDING THE ADJACENT WATERS EXTENDING WEST OUT TO AROUND
20 MILES. SCATTERED TO BROKEN LOW CLOUDS WERE SHOWN ALONG THE COAST
EXTENDING NORTHWEST FROM HILO TO KOHALA. MOSTLY CLEAR TO PARTLY
CLOUDY CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT ELSEWHERE OVER THE BIG ISLAND.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN UPPER-LEVEL CLOUDS WERE SHOWN LIFTING NORTH AND
NORTHEAST WELL SOUTHWEST OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS DUE TO A WEAK
UPPER LOW CENTERED AROUND 19N 176W. SOME OF THESE UPPER CLOUDS WERE
PASSING JUST SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND.

THE LEADING EDGE OF A CLOUD BAND ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPROACHING COLD
FRONT WAS SHOWN ENTERING THE NORTHWEST SECTION OF THE DISCUSSION
AREA. MOSTLY LOW CLOUDS WITH A MIX OF A FEW MIDDLE AND HIGH CLOUDS
WERE SHOWN BETWEEN 27N AND 30N FROM 177W TO THE DATE LINE.

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