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Maui Surf Report for August 19th, 2017

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Surf along south facing shores will hold through the overnight hours due to a south-southeast swell that filled in through the day Friday. The latest observations at buoys 51003/51002/51004 south of the islands continue to reflect this energy, however, have started to depict a downward trend over the past few hours within the 15 and 16 second bands. Surf along south facing shores will correspond and ease through the day Saturday. Looking ahead into next weekend, mainly small background reinforcing pulses out of the south will keep the surf from going flat each day. Surf along east facing shores will remain small through the weekend due to weaker trades locally and upstream of the state. This trend will likely continue into next week. Although confidence remains low this far out, a small long-period east (90°) swell from distant Tropical Storm Kenneth, currently centered over the eastern Pacific, could fill in and impact exposed eastern shores through the middle to latter half of next week. Winds and seas are expected to remain below Small Craft Advisory levels through the weekend as the pressure gradient weakens. An upper low that is expected to drift southwest over the ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 5th, 2017

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-4+ foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A new south-southwest (190-200°) swell associated with a gale that setup east of New Zealand last weekend will fill in and peak Saturday, then slowly ease Sunday and Sunday night. The latest spectral density plot at the offshore buoys to the south have spiked through the overnight hours within the 15 and 16 second bands. As a result, the surf forecast has been adjusted upwards slightly from the previous package, but still expected to remain below advisory levels through the peak today. In addition to this new swell, a lingering south-southeast (130-150°) swell will hold today, before trending down slightly on Sunday. For the upcoming week, mainly background pulses out of the south-southwest and south-southeast will keep the surf from going flat along south facing shores. Surf along east facing shores will remain rough through the weekend due to fresh to strong onshore winds locally and upstream of the islands. Surf may slightly trend down Monday, but will become rough once again by midweek as the trades strengthen. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.4 foot at 12:28 AM just after midnight, dropping to a low of -0.1 foot at 6:50 AM early this morning, ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 29th, 2017

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The trade winds will keep moderate choppy surf along east facing shores of most islands into early next week. In addition, wave model guidance continues to indicate small mid- to long-period east swells from distant east Pacific Tropical Cyclones Irwin and Hillary may reach the islands starting later this weekend. These swells will need to be monitored for timing details and resultant surf heights in case surf might unexpectedly approach the High Surf Advisory criteria along some east facing shores. A small mid- to long-period west swell, which was produced by a distant typhoon in the west Pacific, has started to arrive at the Hanalei Buoy early this morning. Assuming this swell increases beyond this small initial pulse later today, it may provide a slight boost to surf heights along some exposed west facing shores. However, Niihau and Kauai will likely block much of this swell energy from the beaches on the remaining islands. Elsewhere, a series of small mid- to long-period southeast and southwest swells will maintain small background surf along most south facing shores through the middle of next week. A surface high far northeast of the islands will maintain moderate to locally strong ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 22nd, 2017

1-5 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 5-8+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A High Surf Advisory is now in effect for the east facing shores of the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Oahu. It remains posted through Monday morning due to a mid- to long-period east swell associated with a fetch from when Tropical Depression Fernanda was a major hurricane. Some of this energy may wrap into select south and north facing shores. The largest high tides of the month will occur each afternoon during the next few days. Note that these high tides, combined with wave run-up due to the east swells produced by Fernanda, may result in coastal flooding in some areas through Monday. Elsewhere, no significant swells are expected. Small south swells will continue to produce background surf along south facing shores through the weekend and on into next week. Over the offshore waters, there will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms over portions of the area from Saturday through Monday as an upper trough and increased moisture from Fernanda move across the area. Locally strong trade winds will continue to produce Small Craft Advisory (SCA) conditions for the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island. The SCA, currently ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 15th, 2017

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Not much more than a series of small background south swells are expected through early next week. Moderate to fresh trade winds will continue to produce short period choppy surf along east facing shores, with portions of the typical windier waters around Maui County and the Big Island maintaining Small Craft Advisory (SCA) level winds through the weekend. Hurricane Fernanda is about 2300 miles east southeast of the Big Island. The latest 5 day forecast from The National Hurricane Center in Miami has Fernanda moving in a general westerly direction, shifting a bit more west- northwest for days 4 through 5. Wavewatch 3 guidance continues to indicate a long-period, east swell from Fernanda arriving Tuesday night or Wednesday. Current guidance indicates that advisory level surf is possible along exposed east facing shores, however, the size of this swell will be highly dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the system. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.5 foot at 1:18 AM late last night, rising to a high of 1.2 foot at 6:58 AM early this morning, then dropping to a low of 0.8 foot at 11:51 AM shortly before noon, before once again ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 8th, 2017

0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); No significant swells are expected and surf will remain well below advisory levels on all shores. However, a minor south-southeast swell will bring a moderate increase in surf along exposed south facing shores through the weekend. Waves heights will likely reach waist-high at best and most breaks will come in flat. A high pressure area far northwest of the area will move northeast over the next day or two and become established far north of the islands. Trade winds are expected to remain below the small craft advisory threshold of 25 knots into next week as the pressure gradient across the islands relaxes. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.3 foot at 1:12 AM late last night, dropping to a low of -0.3 foot at 7:37 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 2.6 foot at 3:00 PM early this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of 0.8 foot at 9:29 PM late this evening The sunrise was at 05:50 am this morning and will set at 07:12 pm this evening. The Moon is currently 14 days old, and is in a Full Moon phase. The next Waning Gibbous will occur at ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 1st, 2017

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 2-5 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Fresh to strong trade winds associated with high pressure north of the islands will continue Saturday, then slightly weaken through the second half of the weekend as a weak surface trough approaches and moves through the islands. Small craft advisory conditions across the typically windier channel waters, Ma`alaea Bay and south of the Big Island will continue today before dropping just below advisory levels tonight into Sunday. Trades will surge back Sunday night through the first half of the upcoming week as the trough weakens and shifts west of the area and high pressure strengthens to the north. Rough surf along east facing shores will continue Saturday, then lower temporarily Sunday as the trades slightly back off. This will be short-lived due to trades that are forecast to surge back across the waters and upstream of the state through the first half of the upcoming week. This will generate rough surf along east facing shores once again Tuesday through midweek. Surf along southern shores will peak Saturday below advisory levels, then slowly ease Sunday into the upcoming week as a small south-southwest (210-220 deg) swell fills in from a storm- to hurricane-force low several days ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 24th, 2017

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Moderate to fresh trade winds associated with 1034 mb high pressure far north of the state will continue through the weekend. Fresh to strong trades are expected to return late Sunday night into Monday and continue through the upcoming week as the gradient tightens over the waters. Small craft conditions will become likely through this period over the typically windier channel waters, Maalaea Bay and south of the Big Island. Coastal flooding associated with King tides will be a possibility once again Saturday, especially along south facing shores, where surf will remain above normal. The greatest potential for coastal flooding impacts will be during the mid to late afternoon hours, when highest tides are expected. Tides and surf along south facing shores will lower Sunday into the upcoming week. Surf along east facing shores will build early next week due to a combination of a moderate northeast swell associated with a batch of gales off the west coast and increasing trade winds locally and east of the state. There still remains some uncertainty of the size of this swell and whether or not a high surf advisory will be needed for east facing shores next ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 17th, 2017

0-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 am | 3-5 pm 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Primary sources of surf will be a pair of long-period south-southwest swells over the next several days, one this weekend for sub-advisory level surf along south facing shores, and a larger south-southwest swell Monday night through midweek, expected to produce advisory-level surf. A small to moderate, relatively short-period north-northwest swell is expected late this weekend and early next week. Buoy observations from south of the islands Friday evening indicate increasing long-period energy that should result in increasing surf along south facing shores Saturday. King tides and associated above normal water levels/tides are expected again toward the end of next week, with impacts similar to those seen over the last 2 months. Highest tides are expected Friday. A continuation of light to moderate trade winds is expected through the weekend as a ridge north of the area is suppressed to the southeast by an approaching front, with winds lighter over the western end of the island chain. As the front stalls just north of the islands Sunday and dissipates early next week, the ridge will move north and strengthen, leading to an increasing trade wind flow. Additionally, a strong ridge aloft ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 3rd, 2017

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Strong trade winds will bring increased short-period surf to east facing shores, which is likely to be the largest surf for any island shores over the next week. Near shore windward buoys indicate combined seas near 8 feet, and although surf will remain elevated along windward shorelines today, it is expected to remain below advisory-level heights. Small, long-period pulses of south swell will occasionally supply small to moderate surf to south facing shores, with Friday's pulse trending down through Saturday. There is also a potential for a tiny northwest swell around Thursday, but surf is expected to remain below advisory levels along all shores through the period. High pressure passing far north of the islands will support strong to near gale force winds through tonight before easing slightly Sunday and Monday as the high moves east at 25 kt. An overnight ASCAT pass sampled Kauai and Oahu waters, and indicated numerous areas of 25 kt winds, while gusts near 30 kt have been reported at some of the windier land-based stations overnight. Thus, a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) remains in effect for all Hawaiian waters through tonight. The easing winds will likely allow the ...

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