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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SATELLITE INTERPRETATION MESSAGE
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
0500 UTC SAT FEB 13 2016

BASED ON DATA THROUGH 0500 UTC FEBRUARY 13 2016

AT 700 PM HST...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A 275 MILE-WIDE CLOUD BAND
ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT EXTENDING SOUTHWEST FROM 30N 168W TO
THE DATE LINE AROUND 20N. THE LEADING EDGE OF THIS CLOUD BAND WAS
APPROXIMATELY 800 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF KAUAI AND WAS ADVANCING
TOWARD THE EAST AT 15 TO 20 MPH. MAXIMUM CLOUD TOPS EXTENDED TO
AROUND 20 THOUSAND FEET...MOSTLY NORTH OF 25N.

SCATTERED LOW-LEVEL CUMULUS CLOUDS WERE SHOWN TRACKING TOWARD THE
WEST AND WEST-NORTHWEST AT 15 TO 25 MPH OVER THE MAIN HAWAIIAN
ISLANDS SOUTH OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING WEST JUST
NORTH OF THE ISLANDS. MOSTLY CLEAR CONDITIONS WERE DEPICTED OVER
KAUAI AND NIIHAU...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ISOLATED CUMULUS CLOUDS
NEAR BARKING SANDS AND THE NA PALI COAST. MOST OF THE COVERAGE OVER
OAHU WAS FOCUSED OVER THE WINDWARD SLOPES AND THE WAIANAES. MOSTLY
CLEAR SKIES WERE SHOWN ELSEWHERE OVER OAHU. SCATTERED TO BROKEN
PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER MAUI COUNTY...ESPECIALLY OVER
THE WINDWARD PORTIONS OF MAUI AND MUCH OF MOLOKAI. SCATTERED TO
BROKEN LOW CLOUDS WERE SHOWN OVER THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE BIG
ISLAND WITH MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES NEAR KONA...PORTIONS OF THE KOHALA
DISTRICT AND THE SUMMITS.

SCATTERED TO BROKEN LAYERED CLOUDS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WERE
SHOWN WELL SOUTH OF THE STATE NEAR THE EQUATOR AND THE ITCZ. MOST OF
THIS CLOUD COVERAGE WAS DEPICTED BETWEEN THE EQUATOR AND 10N FROM
144W TO THE DATE LINE.

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AG



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