Flat. Although we may see a little southeasterly windswell filling in today and into the weekend, don’t expect to find anything good out there for a while. Unfortunately, the Big Island will block much of this energy as well, so finding any surf will be a challenge over the next couple of days, but those breaks that do pick anything up may rise close to moderate levels. South facing shores will mostly come in the 0-3 foot range with the potential for some of the best-exposed breaks to see a little extra bump if you know when and where to look. Windswell along our east facing shores should continue at tiny levels around 1-3 foot. North and northwest facing shores have no swell whatsoever to mention and will stay completely flat at only 0-2 foot. Our next chance for any surf won’t be until late next week though, so get what you can while it’s here.

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0-2 foot
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1-3 foot

Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
The incoming southeast swell was produced by strong tradewinds near French Polynesia earlier in the week but it probably won’t really offer too much excitement and much of it will be blocked by the Big Island and Kaho`olawe. The shorter-period swell won’t pack as much punch either, so whatever does show up on our exposed breaks will likely be minor. But it’s all that we have so make the best of it. A tiny storm tracked along the Ross Ice Shelf last week and veered rather abrupty toward the northeast, sending a small south to south-southeast swell expected to reach Hawai`i around next Thursday or Friday. By no means was this an impressive storm or fetch so don’t expect much more than waist-slappers. Today we can see a storm east of Tasmania pushing into the Tasman Sea toward Fiji and it is expected to build a little today before fading again late Saturday. The majority of this swell will be shadowed by many south seas islands, so don’t expect any of this energy to reach Maui, although O`ahu may see a little bump. It does not look like any other summer swells are likely through the rest of the forecast period and beyond.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
High pressure continues to dominate the central North Pacific which will keep any freak swells from setting up any time soon. Nothing more than windswell should be expected along any winter shore through the forecast period. Even the windswell will be minimal and windspeeds are not expected to build until next weekend. Flatness has settled in firmly.

Pray for surf…

Wind and Tide Information

Maui Tide Report for August 27th, 2010
Light to moderate east-northeasterly tradewinds should continue today around 10-15 mph although some areas may still see stronger gusts from time to time, especially over the weekend.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 2.0 foot at 3:39am early this morning, fading to a low of 0.5 foot at 9:30am, rising through the afternoon to a high of 2.1 foot at 3:34pm before fading through the evening to a low of 0.3 foot at 9:58pm.

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Maui Weather

High pressure far north of the state is building once again and will return breezier conditions over the weekend. Low clouds and showers will likely blow over windward and mauka areas through the weekend. Upper-level ridging above the islands should keep the weather rather stable though so we can expect the majority of the showers to stay over the windward areas. We may see more cloud coverage tomorrow. The tradewinds should weaken again after the weekend, possibly enough to allow land and sea breezes from developing later next week.

East Pacific Hurricane Outlook

Hurricane Frank will continue to gradually weaken and has already lost its eye. Winds are still being sustained around 65-75 knots but he has entered a hostile environment of cooler waters, moderate shear, and a more stable atmosphere. All of these factors have doomed this storm. The storm should continue along a west-northwest track through much of the day today before veering toward the north as we enter the weekend, likely becoming a remnant low before dissipating close to Baja California Monday or Tuesday. This storm poses no threat to Hawai`i.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - August 25th, 2010