Issued: Nov 26, 2015 2:30 AM HST
Based on data through 2:00 am Nov 26 2015 HST
Infrared and water vapor satellite imagery shows a long band of broken layered and high level clouds, associated with a decaying low level trough near Maui, keeping broken to locally overcast conditions over the smaller islands. Coverage was less pronounced over the Big Island. The nearly 250 mile-wide band of clouds is centered around a line extending from 27.2°N 140.0°W to 13.7°N 177.3°W. Highest cloud tops within the band were between 33 to 35 thousand feet. The low level trough is nearly stationary.
Closer to the islands, mainly scattered low and high clouds prevailed over the Big Island, except for patches of locally broken low clouds over windward areas from Hilo to Mountain View. On Maui county, broken low clouds covered the W Maui mountains and the SE slopes of Haleakala. Molokai and Lanai were covered by broken layered and high clouds, which were obscuring low level features. On Oahu and Kauai county, overcast layered and high clouds were also obscuring low level features.
Elsewhere, scattered to locally broken cumulus and stratocumulus clouds prevailed across the area N 0f 10.0°N with cloud elements moving mainly to the w/sw at around 15 mph. Broken to overcast layered and upper clouds covered the area between 10.0°N to 16.0°N and 147.0°W to 158.0°W.
Far S of the islands, .deep convection and clusters of thunderstorms were observed near the the intertropical convergence zone, or ITCZ, S of 10.0°N between 145.0°W to 156.0°W. Highest cloud tops in these thunderstorms were reaching 51 thousand feet.