SATELLITE DISCUSSION

Based on data through 1200 UTC December 02 2016.

At 200 am HST, satellite imagery showed plenty of deep layer moisture pooling northward from the deep tropics over a large portion of the discussion area due to a broad upper low centered over the state. This was supporting a large area of broken to overcast layered clouds between the main Hawaiian islands and 140°W from 10°N to 25°N. A few embedded thunderstorms were developing occasionally within this area with maximum cloud tops extending to around 45 thousand feet. One thunderstorm, as of this discussion time, was located over the Kauai channel tracking toward the northeast coast of Kauai around 15 mph. There was a break in the layered coverage over Oahu and Maui county, where mainly scattered to broken low-level clouds were shown moving through from east to west.

A large cloud band oriented from northeast to southwest associated with a cold front had entered the northwest portion of the discussion area. The leading edge of this band was several hundred miles northwest of Kauai and was tracking toward the east-southeast at 10 to 15 mph. The back edge of this band had cleared Midway island to the southeast leaving scattered low clouds tracking toward the southwest.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms were developing across the deep tropics due a weak low or surface trough near 7°N 169°W. These storms were developing between 5°N and 10°N from 165°W to the date line. Maximum cloud tops associated with these storms extended into the 50 to 55 thousand foot range.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 1200 UTC
Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 1200 UTC

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