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Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Mar 29, 2015 7:00 PM HST

Based on data through 7:00 pm Mar 29 2015 HST

Low cloud ceilings are concentrated over windward coastal and windward-facing mauka and upslope areas on the individual isles this early evening. Broken low cloudiness has also been affecting leeward sections of Kauai and Oahu, the west-facing slopes of Haleakala in east Maui, and the mountain slopes in south Kohala and Kona on the Big Island. Low cloud movement is from the east- northeast near 20 mph across the aloha state.

Upwind of the islands are scattered to broken low clouds, some with embedded light showers, moving along on the prevailing trade flow. Skies are predominantly clear to scattered downwind, though areas of broken low clouds exist in the Kauai channel, southwest of Oahu, and south and west clockwise through northeast of Kauai.

A front is nearly stationary and weakening north and northwest of the state. Its southern edge is becoming diffuse as time goes on, though it appears to be around 200 miles north of Kauai as of bulletin time. Most of the cloudiness with the boundary is currently north of a line from 30°N 147°W to 26°N 154°W to 25°N 160°W to 22°N 178°W.

Convection along the intertropical convergence zone has been confined to an area south of 07°N west of 165°W. The showers and isolated thunderstorms have been fairly weak and sporadic over the past several hours.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 0430 UTC