I’m working off-site on a big project so today’s forecast will be short, I’m sorry to say. The south swells should continue to provide small to moderate surf today around 2-4 foot with some better sets possible at the best breaks for those who are patient and know when and where to look. Our north facing shores should continue to see tiny surf coming in from the northeast through the next week or so but only enough to play around on. This energy should also reach into our east facing shores as well mixed with windswell around 1-4 foot. ANother fun south swell is expected to arrive over the weekend that could stick around to the middle of next week if we’re lucky. There isn’t much action setting up on either side of the equator however, so get it while it’s here!

1-3 foot
0-3 foot
2-4 foot
1-4 foot

Extended Surf Forecast

Pacific Peak Wave Height
THIS FORECAST IS OUTDATED, BUT STILL RELEVANT. A series of strong gales to weak storms pushed some swell toward Hawai`i last weekend and into the week. Enough energy was aimed toward our islands to provide us with plenty small to moderate summer surf this week. Although much of this energy was aimed primarily toward the Americas, we should see small to moderate surf arriving around Tuesday or Wednesday out of the south-southwest due to angular spreading, lasting for several days. As usual, Kaho`olawe will block much of this energy, so use your head while searching for a place to paddle out. Another round of similar or slightly better surf is expected to arrive over the weekend, but the source of this swell was a little too close to New Zealand which may reduce the odds of anything decent. Thankfully, there was another area of gales further south of this low pressure that should increase the odds significantly. Unfortunately, a poor pattern will return and will persist through the forecast period.

Pacific Peak Swell Period
The out-of-season occluded low near the central Aleutian Islands late last week was not aimed well toward Hawai`i but should keep some activity along our north shores into Tuesday, just don’t expect much. There are no other sources for swell along our north and northwest facing shores through the forecast period. The tradewinds are expected to weaken through the next several days, leading to a period of near flat to flat windswell. More summer flatness is on the way.

Pray for surf…

Wind and Tide Information

Maui Tide Report for July 15th, 2010
The Maui Wind Report for today is: Light east to east-northeasterly tradewinds will continue around 8-12 mph today but should slowly rise to near moderate levels over the weekend before fading once again around Sunday.

The Maui Tide Report for today is: High tide at Kahului was 1.5 foot at 4:52am early this morning, fading to a low of 0.2 foot at 10:33am this morning, rising again to a high of 2.4 foot at 5:22pm later this afternoon.

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Maui Weather

The weak tradewinds will continue today due to a frontal system northeast of Hawai`i. Rainfall will stay light and focused only over windward and mauka areas thanks to a dry and stable atmosphere and there should be plenty sunshine across the state. An upper-level trough associated with the front is expected to move over the islands which will break the tradewinds down further, but not all the way. The trough should be out of the area Tuesday but the light winds and front should remain through Thursday. At the moment, the models show this front breaking down to a shear line by the time it reaches the state, probably late Thursday night, possibly increasing shower activity.

East Pacific Hurricane Outlook

There are no active tropical storms in the central or eastern North Pacific nor are any expected to develop within the next 48 hours. However, two areas will be monitored. The first is a broad area of low pressure near the Gulf of Tehuantepec in an area of favorable conditions. The second feature is located far to the west-southwest off the tip of Baja California, much closer to Hawai`i. The odds are even lower for this feature to develop further into a tropical system, but both will be watched closely.

Photo of the Day

Surf Photo of the Day - July 15th, 2010