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Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Oct 23, 2014 7:30 PM HST

Based on data through 7:00 pm Oct 23 2014 HST

Scattered to locally broken cumulus and stratocumulus clouds cover the area N of 10°N from 140°W to 160°W with individual cloud elements moving w/sw at about 20 mph.

On the Big Island, broken to overcast low clouds with scattered showers remain over the SE slopes of Mauna Loa from the Volcano park to South Point, the leeward coastline from Milolii to Kona village resort, and portions of the central valley/saddle area eastward to Keaau. Scattered to mostly clear conditions prevail elsewhere. On Maui county, broken low clouds with a few passing showers cover most of the Maui windward coastline from Haiku to hamoa, while locally overcast patches of low clouds and a few showers linger over the leeward slopes of Haleakala and the W Maui mountains. Scattered to locally broken low clouds prevail over the N Maui coastline. On Oahu, locally broken low clouds and scattered showers can be observed along the Koolau mountains and windward locations from Laie to Waimanalo, with mainly scattered low clouds prevailing elsewhere. On Kauai county, scattered low clouds prevail with a few small passing showers from hanamaulu to Hanapepe.

Elsewhere, tropical storm Ana was located about 770 miles NW of Kauai, producing areas of broken to overcast layered clouds and thunderstorms between 23°N to 30°N and 160°W to 175°W with highest cloud tops around 44 thousand feet. A 250-mile wide band of overcast layered clouds associated with a frontal boundary extends from 30°N 175°W to 23°N 180, with cloud tops reaching 45 thousand feet.

Far S of the island chain, broken cumulus and stratocumulus clouds with embedded thunderstorms cover most of the intertropical convergence zone, or ITCZ, S of 10°N. A large cluster of active thunderstorms is centered around 07.8°N 165.6°W, or about 1010 miles SW of the Big Island with cloud tops pushing 52 thousand feet.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC