Issued: Dec 10, 2013 7:00 PM HST
Skies are clear to partly cloudy over much of the aloha state this early evening. Low ceilings that have been occurring are favoring windward and mauka sections, especially in Kauai and Maui as of bulletin time, and increasingly over the Hilo and Puna districts on the Big Island. Broken to overcast low cloudiness, below 7000 feet, has also been evident in coastal and lower upslope portions of south Kohala and Kona on the island of Hawaii. Low cloud motion is near 20 mph over most of the state, from the east to east- northeast from the Big Island to Oahu, and from the northeast over Kauai. However, low clouds are moving from the east-northeast at more than 25 mph to the southeast and south of the Big Island.
Patchy scattered to broken low clouds, some with embedded showers, exist to the northwest clockwise through northeast of Kauai, which is cloudiness peripherally associated with a front north of the isle. More scattered to broken showery low clouds are located northeast of Maui county and northeast clockwise through southeast of the Big Island. Conditions are otherwise clear to scattered over the adjacent coastal waters.
A front is northeast and north of the island chain, and the segment of the system directly north of the state has become nearly stationary and is weakening. Most of the low clouds that make up the boundary are currently northwest and north of a line from 30°N 146°W to 25°N 155°W to 22.5°N 162°W.
Another, stronger, front is approximately 1000 miles west- northwest of Kauai and has been heading east near 25 mph. Showers and thunderstorms associated with the feature have recently been firing north of 24°N between 173°W and 176°W. Skies have cleared across Midway atoll as of the moment, though winds are blowing near 25 mph from the southwest, with gusts occasionally over 35 mph.
Unorganized convection is igniting along the intertropical convergence zone far south of Hawaii. Most of the activity is occurring from 05°N to 09°N in the area from 136°W to beyond the date line at 180.