Overall flat conditions will continue today with little change expected through the end of the week. A small southeast swell is possible over the weekend but it is quite unlikely. Some spots may pick up a little southwesterly background swell through Thursday, but that too is quite unlikely. Most of our south facing shores will only see weak background surf around 0-3 foot at best, but a few breaks may pick up a freak waist-high set or two. Windswell along the east and northeast facing shores may be around 1-3 foot but the wave period is so low that most breaks will only see unrideable chop and slop. The north and northwest facing shores will stay completely flat at the low side of 0-2 foot with no swell to mention at all.

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Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
Although there is a miniscule chance that we could pick up a tiny to small southwest swell produced by gales pushing into the Tasman Sea last week, the typical shadowing in this swell window as well as Kaho`olawe will almost certainly prevent anything from reaching our shores. If anything does somehow make it, it will be too small to be worth any effort. Looking farther east in the South Pacific, an area of strong tradewinds sent some energy toward our islands last week, but much of this energy would be blocked by the Big Island. If we are lucky we could see some small to low-end moderate shorter period surf arriving late Friday. Be aware that this is very unlikely, so please don’t expect anything here on Maui. Unfortunetly, this is the only real hope that we have through the forecast period though, so keep those fingers crossed. A compact low far east-southeast of New Zealand is pushing up toward Hawai`i, but the extreme distance and short fetch will not amount to much of a swell being generated. If anything does make it to our shores, it would be around next Thursday or Friday. Nothing else is appearing on the models. Prepare for a long flat spell.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
As should be expected in August, the North Pacific is quiet with no action whatsoever to produce even the tiniest of swells. The tradewinds will keep at least some kind of windswell going through most of the period, but most likely only at tiny to small levels. Just remember that every day gets us closer to the winter season…

Pray for surf…

Wind and Tide Information

Maui Tide Report for August 25th, 2010
The Maui Wind Report for today is: The east to east-northeasterly tradewinds will continue at moderate levels around 12-18 mph and are expected to increase over the next several days into the weekend while becoming more east-northeasterly.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 1.9 foot at 2:30am late last night, dropping to a low of 0.1 foot at 8:30am this morning, rising again to a high of 2.4 foot at 3:00pm this afternoon before fading to a low of 0.4 foot at 9:17pm later this evening.

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Maui Weather

The moderate tradewind weather will continue due to an area of strong high pressure far north of Hawai`i. We should see increasing winds over the second half of the week as this high pushes south toward the islands. Only light and passing showers should be expected over some windward and mauka areas, but overall the weather will be quite stable and dry.

East Pacific Hurricane Outlook

Hurricane Frank continues to intensify far from Hawai`i along the coast of Mexico. Sustaining winds of 65 knots the storm is expected to track toward the west-northwest, guided by a strong ridge over northern Mexico. The storm is predicted to build a little further over the next couple of days before a trough begins to weaken it. The track also puts the storm over cooler waters in about 72 hours which will contribute to weakening. This storm does not pose any threat to Hawai`i.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - August 25th, 2010