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Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Jul 31, 2014 8:30 AM HST


Based on data through 8:00 am Jul 31 2014 HST


An area of overcast low clouds extends from 140°W to 150°W between 10°N and 25°N. These low clouds are moving west at 15 to 20 mph. Clouds transitions from overcast to scattered west of 150°W as low stratocumulus /sc/ and stratus morph into sc and cumulus. Near the dateline, low clouds veer to the NW as they near a weak cold front oriented from 30°N 172°W to 26°N and the dateline. Along the front, towering cumulus and isolated thunderstorms are forming with highest cloud tops reaching 40 thousand feet.

Over the state of Hawaii, trade winds are pushing low clouds into windward slopes and coasts bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies while leeward locations are mostly clear.

Far S of the islands, tropical depression Genevieve is generating layered clouds up to 30 thousand feet and isolated thunderstorms across the area between 11°N to 16°N and 150°W to 157°W, with cloud tops ranging from 47 to 50 thousand feet. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on tropical depression Genevieve, located about 550 miles SSE of Hilo, and is moving W around 6 mph. This system has winds of 35 mph gusting to 45 mph. For further information about tropical depression Genevieve, please see bulletins under WMO header WTPA32 PHFO or AWIPS header HFOTCPCP2.

Another tropical low located near 11°N 165°W.OR about 850 miles SW of Oahu, is generating layered clouds up to 30 thousand feet with a small area of consistent thunderstorms near the center of circulations. Highest cloud tops are reaching are reaching 53 thousand feet. This low is moving 12 mph toward the west.

Hawaii Visible Satellite image for 1800 UTC

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 1800 UTC


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