Mix of Swells Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory has been posted for the north facing shores of Molokaʻi and Maui until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Beaches in the advisory area will experience rip currents and localized beach erosion. Surf is expected to be in the 10 to 15 foot range along affected shorelines.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for most Maui County waters through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Winds of 25 to 30 knots are expected and rough seas from 9 to 17 feet.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, forecasted swell direction, height & period, tides, a surface map and expected wave heights.**
North: Surf heights are expected head high to overhead today with possible double overhead sets for the best breaks east of Ho’okipa. Conditions sloppy for some spots due to westerly winds.
West: Spots open to the swells are expected to get waves head high to overhead on the sets at the best northerly breaks. Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swells, and / or are shadowed from it, are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: Ankle to knee high wave heights expected at the best breaks today.
Another shot of surf energy out of the north-northwest is forecasted to combine with northeast wind swell on Christmas Day. Early in the day wave heights will be larger as the swell starts to slowly fade into Friday.
A new northwest is forecasted for late Saturday into Sunday with a reinforcement on tap for Monday.
Super small trace amounts of swell expected out of the SPAC. Not much to get excited about.
Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.