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Maui Surf Report for September 9th, 2017

3-5 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 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); })(); Surf along north facing shores will remain up through the weekend due to overlapping north and northwest swells from recent sources across the northern Pacific earlier in the week. The latest Waimea buoy observations reflected a mix of small sources out of the north- northeast, north, northwest and west-northwest. The long-period northwest (310 deg) swell will be the source that holds over the weekend (overall downward trend). Surf associated with this swell will remain well below advisory level each day through the weekend. The latest surface analysis showed a gale developing near the Date Line around 40N (around 1500 nm northwest of Hawaii) along a frontal boundary extending from east to west across the northern Pacific. Guidance shows this feature quickly tracking eastward to a position north of the state by Sunday. Strong northerly winds focused toward the islands between this feature and 1026 mb high pressure to its west will be enough to generate a small northerly (340-010 deg) swell that should reach the waters Tuesday, then hold through midweek before slowly trending down through the second half of the week. Surf associated with this source will remain small along north facing shores. Surf ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 2nd, 2017

0-2 foot 0-2 foot 2-4+ 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); })(); The south swell that was generated by a strong low in the southern hemisphere about a week ago continues to impact south-facing shores, although it has peaked and is on its way down. A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for the south facing shores through Saturday afternoon. Model output is still depicting a more active pattern evolving across the northern Pacific for the upcoming holiday weekend, in response to Tropical Cyclone Sanvu near Japan and a gale-force low currently near the eastern Aleutians. If these features continue to develop as forecast, a small west-northwest (300°) swell and a larger north-northwest (330-350°) swell remain possible for next week. The king tides will be in full swing during the 3 day Labor Day weekend and Tuesday. The maximum impact will occur during the period of high tide, slated for the afternoon hours. Time of high tide for Maui are as follows... 1:10 pm HST Saturday, 1:35 pm HST Sunday, 2:01 pm HST on Monday, and 2:26 pm on Tuesday. The tides are still running about half a foot higher than normal from last month's king tide. Beach flooding is likely for some beaches through Tuesday, although ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 26th, 2017

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot A combination of moderate to fresh breezes locally and upstream of the islands and a small easterly swell associated with former Kenneth across the eastern Pacific are generating near advisory-level surf along east facing shores. This will likely hold through the day today, then trend down as the trades and swell ease Sunday into early next week. Surf along south facing shores is expected to come up slightly today as a southwest (220 deg) swell from a Tasman source fills in. The buoys south of the islands are depicting this source within the 15 second band (quite small). This source will slowly ease into early next week. A combination of this southwest swell and small reinforcing small southeast (150 deg) swells will keep the surf from going flat early next week. For the extended, a more notable south (180 deg) swell is expected to fill in and impact the south facing shores of the islands Thursday into the upcoming holiday weekend. A recent ASCAT pass showed a large batch of gales focused toward the state several hundred miles east of New Zealand. The most recent altimeter pass within this region of gale-force southerly winds showed seas up to 30 ft. This is lining up well with the latest wave model guidance, which depicts a 3 ft swell at 16-17 sec filling in across the local waters by Friday. ...

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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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