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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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Maui Surf Report for May 27th, 2017

1-4 foot 1-3 foot 4-7+ 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); })(); Surf along south facing shores remains elevated Saturday morning due to a large south-southwest swell. Surf heights are expected to peak later today, then gradually diminish into early next week. As a result, a High Surf Advisory remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for all south facing shores. In addition to the elevated surf along south facing shores, coastal flooding impacts associated with record-level King Tides will continue each day this weekend along all shores, especially in Maui County and Oahu. Beaches and shorelines, boat ramps and docks, and vulnerable low-lying roads and structures will be impacted during these late afternoon and early evening high tides. Elsewhere, surf along east facing shores will trend down through the weekend due to the light winds. However, a small short-period north-northeast swell will support small surf along east facing beaches and reefs with exposure to swell energy from this direction through Monday. Small background surf is expected to persist along north facing, mainly at locations exposed to the north-northeast swell mentioned above. The latest wave model guidance continues to show a small to moderate north-northwest (330-340 deg) swell filling in from Monday night through mid-week due to the fetch ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 20th, 2017

1-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 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); })(); Surf along east facing shores will steadily decrease through the weekend as trade winds relax. The next moderate northwest swell will fill in late Sunday and peak Monday before easing through midweek. A south swell will hold through the weekend producing moderate surf. A larger south swell is likely to arrive late in the week beginning as early as Thursday and holding through the Memorial Day weekend. In addition to potential advisory-level surf over Memorial Day weekend along south facing shores, minor coastal flooding will be possible due to the addition of higher than normal high tides. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.3 foot at 5:12 AM early this morning, rising to a high of 1.3 foot at 11:22 AM shortly before noon, then dropping to a low of 0.7 foot at 4:27 PM late this afternoon, before once again rising to a high of 1.9 foot at 10:45 PM late this evening The sunrise was at 05:44 am this morning and will set at 07:00 pm this evening. The Moon is currently 24 days old, and is in a Waning Crescent phase. The next New Moon will occur at 7:46 PM on Thursday, ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 13th, 2017

1-4 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 4-6 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 bump on the south swell is expected Saturday as additional long period energy is expected to arrive. This should maintain heights along south facing shores similar to what was seen Friday. The incoming swell will likely wrap to some west facing shores. Additional impulses along the south shore are possible during the end of next week. The trade wind swell will continue to bring surf near advisory levels to the east facing shores into early next week. Surf along the north facing shores will remain small through the start of the new week. A gale east of Japan is expected to track to the northeast, and then stall near the western Aleutian islands. This could generate a small northwest swell that would reach the islands during the second half of the week. A strong high pressure system remains far northeast of the islands, and is expected to remain nearly stationary into the first half of next week. This will maintain fresh to strong trade winds over the coastal waters. A Small Craft Advisory (SCA) remains posted for the channels east of Oahu, Maalaea Bay, the windward Maui County waters, and the waters south of ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 6th, 2017

1-4 Sat|6-10 Sun 0-3 foot 1-2 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); })(); Surf along south facing shores will remain small through the weekend and early next week. Mainly small background energy is expected over the next several days. A more notable, out of season, northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday. This swell is associated with a broad low pressure system currently centered over the Aleutian islands just east of the Date Line. A decent sized area of gales were focused within the 300 to 330 deg directional band relative to the islands. A large batch of winds just below gale-force criteria were still focused toward the local area south of the Aleutians, which should make for more of a long-lived event locally. We should expect to see rising surf along north and west facing shores Sunday and Sunday night, that should hold through Tuesday before gradually dropping through midweek. Surf should remain just below advisory levels through the peak of this event late Sunday through early Monday. However, if buoys end up coming in slightly larger than predicted, as we have seen often through the course of the winter, surf heights will near advisory levels by Sunday night. Surf along east facing shores will hold ...

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