Hawaiian Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: Nov 25, 2015 8:30 AM HST

Based on data through 8:00 am Nov 25 2015 HST

Water vapor imagery shows a broad swath of mainly high cirrus clouds streaming toward the northeast over the central Pacific. Thicker cloud elements are present over the west end of the state including the adjacent waters with generally thinner cloud elements over the Big Island and the waters to its east.

A northeast through southeast band of low clouds is draped across the central portion of the main Hawaiian islands. With trade winds blowing across the area low clouds are primarily focused over windward and mauka areas.

Over the Big Island low clouds are covering portions of the windward slopes from north Kohala southward through the Hilo and Puna districts. A few patches of low clouds are also seen over the lower Kona and Kau slopes. Over Maui low clouds are banked up over the northern and eastern slopes of Haleakala as well as over the slopes and summits of the west Maui mountains. Over Molokai low clouds are covering most northern sections while most of interior Lanai was cloud covered. Over Oahu low clouds are banked up over the slopes and summits of both the Koolau and Waianae mountain ranges with the trade winds sufficiently strong enough to blow some low clouds over to leeward areas at times. Over Kauai just a few patches of low clouds are seen over northern and eastern areas.

Hawaii Visible Satellite image for 1800 UTC