The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui’s north shores, effective through 6pm this evening. The northwest swell will continue today and should provide our north and some northwest facing shores with surf in the 8-12 foot range, although the best exposed breaks could see larger sets rolling through. Upper West shores should see smaller surf in the 4-6 foot range, possibly better at the more exposed breaks. A tiny bump may rise into the 1-4 foot range along our south facing shores today, but the odds are pretty low as the direction is out of the southwest and Kaho`olawe will block most, if not all of this energy. Windswell alongour east facing shores should drop into the 0-3 foot range as the windswell fades away. Another large northwest swell is expected to arrive later Monday, possibly raising the warning flags.

8-12 foot
4-6 foot
1-4 foot
0-3 foot

Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
Forecast for February 6th-8th
Another low pressure system developed just west of the dateline, tracking east. This low is deepening northwest of Kaua`i and is expected to push a sizable swell toward our islands over the next couple of days. The first part of this swell should reach Hawaiian shores mid-day Monday and Maui in the afternoon, rapidly rising overnight as a secondary and larger swell train arrives. Unfortunately, the close proximity of the source low and its fetch will most likely result in rough conditions and a mixture of long and short period surf. Do what you can to surf this swell though, as there isn’t much happening through the rest of the forecast period. A low is modeled to develop over the dateline around Thursday, but its windfield will be aimed in the wrong direction to generate any surf for Hawai`i.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
The south hemisphere won’t offer anything either of course, although some energy may push up into the Tasman Sea over the next several days. Whatever energy does get sent toward Hawai`i will be blocked by all of the south seas islands and whatever makes it past that gauntlet will be blocked by Kaho`olawe. There is no other hope throughout the forecast period.

Pray for surf…

Wind and Tide Information

The Maui Wind Report for today is: Moderate to fresh south-southeasterly to south-southwesterly winds will continue today around 15-20 mph expected to increase into Monday while swinging back out of a more easterly direction. This increase will only be temporary though as the winds decrease and clock to southeasterlies once again Wednesday.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 2.2 foot at 4:07am early this morning, dropping to a low of 0.3 foot at 10:34am, rising again to a high of 1.6 foot at 4:25pm later this afternoon before dropping again to a low of 0.4 foot at 10:06pm later tonight.

Maui Weather

The Maui weather forecast is: partly sunny and hazy conditions with scattered showers possible over some areas. High temperatures should be in the 77-82° range under southwest winds of 15-20 mph. A cold front is expected to arrive later in the day today and should slowly move down the island chain. Originally predicted to make it further down the chain, it looks like this system will stall and weaken near or over O`ahu Monday. Showers developing ahead of the front may become heavy, but it is unlikely that Maui will see much of this moisture. Increased tradeshowers are possible Monday into Tuesday as the eastlery tradewinds return. Another front is forecast to approach the state next weekend.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - February 6th, 2011