Satellite Interpretation Message

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Issued: May 03, 2011 7:45 PM HST

Based on data through 7:00 pm May 03 2011 HST

An area of isolated to scattered cumulonimbus, CB, persists over and just southwest of the main Hawaiian islands, specifically bounded by 22°N 161°W, 19°N 155°W, 17°N 165°W, 22°N 161°W. Some CB tops have temperatures around minus 57 degrees c, corresponding to heights near 38000 feet using the afternoon Lihue sounding. The bulk of this activity lies just outside Hawaii coastal waters. However, radar still shows isolated moderate to heavy showers across some windward areas of the islands.

Water vapor loop shows a northeast to southwest oriented upper trough across the islands, with an axis extending through 28°N 140°W and 18°N 170°W. The CB area lies just east of the upper trough axis. An upper low near 23°N 148°W lies within the upper trough as does a weaker upper low near 21°N 164°W. The southern flank of the upper trough is marked by a ragged 300 mile wide band of broken to overcast high clouds south of a line from 17°N 142°W to 11°N 160°W.

Broken to overcast layered clouds north and west of a line from 44°N 140°W to 37°N 151°W to 37°N 170°W to 35°N 180°W mark a series of fronts moving eastward within the storm track far north of the main Hawaiian islands. A broad anticyclonic circulation is noted in low cloud motion, with a center roughly near 42°N 131°W. This circulation center, actually a center of high pressure, has an associated ridge extending southwest through 33°N 150°W and 30°N 163°W. Since the main Hawaiian islands lie south of this ridge, local prevailing flow is east to west across local Hawaiian waters.

High clouds from nearby CB are blocking the view of lower clouds across Hawaiian leeward waters this evening. An area of broken to overcast layered clouds lies 60 to 240 miles northeast of the islands of Maui county and Oahu, moving toward the southwest at 15 to 20 mph. A single CB near 22°N 155°W, about 100 miles northeast of Maui, lies within this layered cloud area. Scattered to patchy broken low clouds prevail elsewhere across windward waters. Last visible imagery showed patchy broken low clouds across most windward areas of the islands, with towering cumulus noted across leeward Big Island slopes.


Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC


Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like and we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.

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