Hawaiian Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Sep 27, 2016 7:30 PM HST


Based on data through 7:00 pm Sep 27 2016 HST


At 700 pm HST, satellite imagery showed a cloud swirl consisting of mostly low clouds that was located a few hundred miles north of Kauai and Oahu. A few towering cumulus clouds with tops extending to around 30 thousand feet were located just west of this swirl between 25°N and 28°N several hundred miles northwest of Kauai. These towering cumulus clouds were developing east of a frontal boundary and tracking toward the north around 170°W. High clouds were shown broken patches of stable stratocumulus clouds associated with high pressure were located well east and northeast of the Big Island between 20°N and 30°N from 140°W to 150°W. Cloud tops associated with these patches extended to around 10 thousand feet or less. These cloud patches were tracking toward the west-southwest within the trade winds. This coverage was scattering out or diminishing as it approached the state, leaving mostly scattered cumulus clouds tracking toward the west over and around the main Hawaiian islands. The bulk of these clouds were focusing over the windward locations with only a few clouds spilling over to the leeward areas. Mostly cloudy conditions, however, were lingering over the leeward areas of the Big Island between Kona and South Point.

Scattered thunderstorms continued to develop well south of the state across the deep tropics between 7°N and 12°N from 140°W to the date line. Storms associated with tropical storm Ulika remained just east of the discussion area near 12°N 139°W.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC


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