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January 12, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 12, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 12, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Saturday January 19: A large northwest swell is forecast to spread down the island chain today and tonight. The swell is running several hours behind schedule, so the peak of the swell and surf will occur around midnight tonight, then hold through Sunday. A reinforcing northwest swell, although slightly smaller, may extend the warning level surf through Monday night before the swell starts subsiding. Another large pulse will arrive from the north on Thursday night, which may lead to another High Surf Warning event. Only small background south swells should be expected.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

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North

am        pm  

Surf: Stomach to shoulder high NNW extra long period swell in the morning builds to double overhead high for the afternoon.

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Conditions: Fairly clean in the morning with ESE winds 10-15mph. Semi clean/sideshore texture and current conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting E 15-20mph.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high SSW ground swell for the morning going more WNW during the day.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with ESE winds less than 5mph. Glassy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the NW.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Waist to chest high mix of N medium period swell and NNW extra long period swell for the morning hours with occasional shoulder sets. The surf builds from the NNW into the 1-3′ overhead range for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with ESE winds 5-10mph in the morning shifting E 10-15mph in the afternoon.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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