Aside from a minor tradeswell, the surf will stay flat today with no real sources of surf anywhere, and little on the way. Tiny to small windswell around 2-4 foot is possible at some better exposed east and northeast facing shores today, but don’t expect much power. North and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot but some breaks may pick up a little wrapping windswell if we’re lucky. South facing shores should also stay flat at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. There is a slight chance for us to pick up some south-southwest swell over the weekend, but Kaho`olawe will block much of it. Odds are a little better for a moderate pulse arriving around Monday of next week out of the south. Details in the long-range forecast below.

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Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
A decent storm pushing into the Tasman Sea late last week sent a nice swell toward Fiji and her sisters but the extreme travel distance and island shadowing will result in only a small to moderate south-southwest swell reaching Hawai`i around Saturday. Unfortunately, Maui probably won’t see much of this energy due to Kaho`olawe blocking th vast majority of swell. As usual, those who know where and when to look may pick up some fun surf, but we shouldn’t expect anything. A severe gale set up far south of Tahiti, sending a good swell toward Teahupo`o, just in time for the Billabong Pro Tahiti. If we are lucky, we could see some moderate surf arriving around Monday here in Hawai`i, but still far from significant levels. The models show another attempt for south-southwest swell developing later in the week as a storm pushes into the Tasman Sea, possibly reforming on the eastern side of New Zealand which could potential push up a south swell, but it’s too early for any confidence. Other than that we will fluctuate between flatness and tiny background swell through the period.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
High pressure in the North Pacific will continue to direct the flow up toward the Aleutian Islands and into the Gulf of Alaska. Although this high pressure is expected to erode through the week, little to no winds will be aimed toward our winter shores through the period, as should be expected. As the high pressure fades, so too will the windswell.

Pray for surf…

Wind and Tide Information

Maui Tide Report for August 30th, 2010
The Maui Wind Report for today is: Light to moderate tradewinds will slowly decrease over the next several days, starting off around 10-15 mph out of the east-northeast today, and gusts may still reach into moderate levels, but lighter winds are expected through most of the week, potentially down to gentle levels Wednesday or Thursday.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 1.8 foot at 5:56am early this morning, and will drop to a low of 1.3 foot at 11:13am later in the morning hours, rising again to a high of 1.7 foot at 3:58pm later in the afternoon before fading once more to a low of 0.3 foot at 11:21pm later this evening..

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Maui Weather

The tradewinds are expected to weaken over the next few days due to the high pressure far to the north of the state weakening. Only light passing clouds and showers should be expected today, focused over windward and some mauka areas. There may still be some stronger breezes in some areas as the winds decrease but the atmosphere should remain rather stable and little rainfall is likely. Clouds and showers may develop overnight, but again, most of this activity should stay over on windward and mauka areas through the rest of the week. The dry conditions will keep the threat of brush fires high, but the lighter winds will keep the advisories from being posted.

East Pacific Hurricane Outlook

There are currently no tropical systems in the tropical eastern North Pacific, although an area of low pressure south of Manzanillo Mexico has a slight chance of developing over the next few days. At the moment, the showers and thunderstorms are disorganized and unimpressive, but conditions are favorable for further development. This will continue to be monitored, but poses no threat to Hawai`i.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - August 25th, 2010