Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 21:50
Issued: Mar 07, 2014 2:00 AM HST
Showers that have been forming to the south and southwest of the isles have been affecting Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and Maui. Showers have also been developing along the Kau coast and over southern sections of Puna on the Big Island. Other areas around the aloha state are predominantly clear to partly cloudy as of bulletin time. Low cloud motion is from the south at 10 mph near the Big Island and veers to the west-southwest near 25 mph moving up the chain to Kauai.
Broken to occasionally overcast low clouds with embedded showers are clustered south and southwest of Oahu, and to its northeast, and south of Maui county. Skies are no worse than scattered to occasionally broken elsewhere over the adjacent coastal waters.
Using the latest ascat pass near the state, the front in the area appears to be about 275 miles northwest of Kauai and continues to head east at 25 to 30 mph along 30°N. Most of the broken to overcast multilayered clouds are currently north and west of a line from 30°N 139°W to 23°N 154°W to 23°N 161°W to 19°N 167°W to 19°N 180°. The back edge of this cloudiness is along a line from 30°N 161°W to 26°N 170°W to 26°N 180°.
A very strong jet stream is north of the islands, and its axis is roughly along a line from 30°N 175°W to 27°N 170°W to 28°N 160°W to 32°N 150°W. A dip in the feature, toward the south, has pushed the jet's southern periphery to a position just north and west of Kauai as of this writing.