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Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Sep 04, 2015 8:30 AM HST

Based on data through 8:00 am Sep 04 2015 HST

As of 800 am HST, hurricane Ignacio was located about 860 miles north-northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, which was just north of the discussion area. Ignacio was tracking toward the north-northwest at 13 mph. Layered clouds with embedded towering cumulus and a few cumulonimbus clouds were developing along a confluent boundary extending south from Ignacio to the western end of the main Hawaiian islands. Maximum cloud tops associated with this convection extended as high as 40 thousand feet, mainly between 19°N and 27°N.

Hurricane Jimena was located about 650 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Jimena was tracking toward the northwest at 5 mph. Layered clouds were depicted between 15°N and 27°N from 140°W to 148°W. Maximum cloud tops were located near the center of Jimena between 19°N and 21°N with heights ranging from 50 to 60 thousand feet.

Over the main Hawaiian islands, broken to overcast clouds were depicted, especially from Maui to Kauai. This coverage was slowly tracking northward. Maximum cloud tops extended as high as 40 thousand feet, mainly over the surrounding waters of the islands. Over the Big Island, some breaks in the coverage were depicted across the island, mainly around Hilo and South Point. Cloud tops ranged from 20 to 25 thousand feet.

Well south of the state, scattered to numerous cumulonimbus clouds associated with the monsoon trough were depicted between 5°N and 13°N from 140°W to the international dateline. A gradual motion toward the west was shown with this activity. Maximum cloud tops extended as high as 60 thousand feet.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 1800 UTC

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 1800 UTC