We won’t see all that much action today as the current north swell continues to drop, but a new north swell is expected to fill in later in the day and through the night. Our north facing shores may still have some fun-sized chest-slappers in the 2-4 foot range and possibly a rare larger set at the best breaks, but don’t expect too much today. Upper West shores will probably stay near flat at 0-3 foot. Windswell along our east facing shores could still come in around 1-4 foot and should pick up some good sized surf tomorrow, possibly even requiring an advisory for surf near or over eight foot faces. Our south facing shores may see a little bump from the southwest around 0-4 foot but Kaho`olawe will block much of this energy. This minor swell should stick around for a few days though, so maybe we’ll see a little. There isn’t anything exciting on the charts for the long-range forecast, so get it while it’s here!

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Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
Forecast for February 14th-16th
A broad low north-northeast of Hawai`i is filling much of the Gulf of Alaska and is continuing to send surf toward the south-southeast although most of this energy will miss us to the east. However, energy sent down earlier in its life will reach our shores in a series of two north to north-northeasterly swells beginning overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and followed shortly behind on Thursday, possibly reaching advisory levels but most likely falling just short of the required criteria for an advisory. Looking much further west we can see a low barreling past the Kuril Islands that is now southeast of Kamchatka heading into the Bering Sea. Winds within the southwest flank of this system are taking aim toward Hawai`i and should generate a moderate northwest swell arriving on Hawaiian shores late Thursday into Friday. The combination of these swells will probably result in messy conditions as the longer and shorter wavelengths collide. The models are not in agreement over the long range, but it doesn’t look like too much good surf is on the way later in the forecast period, so get it while it’s here.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
A strong gale pushed a swell into the Tasman Sea last week producing a small south-southwest swell. The odds are quite low for it to actually reach Hawai`i but we may see a little bump appearing on our south facing shores beginning Wednesday and potentially lasting through the rest of the work-week. As always, Kaho`olawe will block the majority of this energy from reaching Maui shores, so we shouldn’t even expect anything. The models do not show any other potential south swells through the forecast period.

Wind and Tide Information

The Maui Wind Report for today is: The tradewinds have peaked overnight and are expected to drop to light levels into Thursday and will likely stay light well into the weekend. The winds are variable around 10-15 mph, primarily out of the east-southeast with gusts to 20 mph in some areas.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 2.6 foot at 1:49am late last evening, dropping to a low of 0.5 foot at 8:17am this morning, rising again to a high of 1.4 foot at 1:09pm after noon, then dropping through the afternoon to a low of -0.5 foot at 7:18pm early this evening.

Maui Weather

The Maui weather forecast is: partly sunny and hazy conditions with isolated afternoon showers possible. High temperatures should be around 76-81&deg under variable east to southeasterly winds around 15 mph. A broad low west of Hawai`i will interfere with the tradewinds again through the rest of the week allowing south to southeasterly winds to dominate. Voggy haze will continue to spread over to Maui for at least the next several days. A cold front associated with the previsouly mentioned low is expected to stall Thursday just before reaching Kaua`i and has only low odds of affecting Maui. Most of the shower activity should be focused over Kaua`i and possibly O`ahu, but only a couple of models predict any rainfall developing over Maui. Of course, typical windward and mauka tradeshowers will continue through the period.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - February 14th, 2011