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Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Feb 10, 2016 2:30 PM HST

Based on data through 2:00 pm Feb 10 2016 HST

Clouds have developed over all the islands as would be expected for this time of the day but the amount of coverage is less than normal. Kauai had broken low clouds over the interior slopes and scattered to broken clouds over most of the lower elevations. Oahu had scattered to broken low clouds mainly between the Koolau and Waianae ranges with few clouds over the rest of the island. Most of Molokai had broken clouds while Lanai had scattered to broken low clouds along the higher elevations of the island. On Maui, broken to overcast clouds have developed over the northeastern slopes of the west Maui mountains and along the middle elevations of the northeastern and southeastern slopes of Haleakala. Significant cloud cover over the Big Island was mainly along the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and along the western slopes of Hualalai. Most of the remaining areas on the Big Island had clear skies except for scattered clouds near Waipio valley and the Kau slopes near wood valley.

The offshore waters north of Kauai are covered by a weak cold front cloud band with broken to overcast showery low clouds. The leading edge of the band extends from about 45 miles north of Kauai toward the northeast through 30°N 140°W. The band becomes deeper and wider north of 27°N with cloud tops reaching as high as 39000 ft. Lightning data also showed a few flashes embedded in the main frontal cloud band within 50 miles of 29°N 146°W. Offshore waters southeast of the Big Island have a 100 mile wide northeast to southwest oriented cloud band with broken showery low clouds moving toward the west-southwest at about 10 to 15 miles per hour.

The intertropical convergence zone, ITCZ, remains south of 10°N with deep convection mainly between 155°W and 175°W.