Issued: Dec 07, 2013 8:30 AM HST
Water vapor shows an upper level low near 46.0°N 168.5°W, about 1725 miles north northwest of Kauai this morning. Meanwhile, a mid to upper level low is noted near 34.2°N 179.8°W, about 1475 miles northwest of Kauai. Thunderstorms with tops near 30000 feet are found on the east side of this low.
Additional thunderstorms are found about 500 miles southeast of the Big Island along a line from 15.3°N 147.5°W to 6.7°N 157.7°W. Cloud tops in this area are reaching near 47000 feet. The thunderstorms are embedded within a larger area of clouds, which includes high clouds that stretch to the northwest and are passing over the Big Island and Maui county this morning.
Low clouds associated with an old frontal boundary are about 175 miles north of Kauai at 8 am, and are continuing to lift north away from the main Hawaiian islands.
The high clouds mentioned above are partially obscuring lower clouds over the islands. Through thin spots in the high clouds, just a few lower clouds are seen over the Big Island. And on Maui, scattered low clouds are found over the Hana area, with few low clouds elsewhere over the islands of Maui county. On Oahu, a few clouds are noted over the Koolau and Waianae ranges. On Kauai, a few clouds are found over the eastern third of the island.
The few low clouds near the islands are moving in from the southeast around 15 mph.