Swells Expected to Hold Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Kaiwi, Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay. The advisory is posted through 6:00 a.m. Saturday for north winds from 20 to 30 knots and rough seas of 8 to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
**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: Waist to head high waves are expected today, bigger at the best breaks on the sets.
West: Pretty flat conditions are expected today. Exposures catching the north-northwest could see waist to chest high waves, maybe bigger on the sets.
South: Knee to waist high waves are expected today. The best breaks could see belly high waves on the sets.
A mix of short to mid period north-northwest swell energy and northeast trade swell is expected to linger the next few days. Sloppy conditions are expected.
If models are correct, we may have overhead to near double overhead waves out of the northwest late Sunday into early next week.
A south-southeast and south-southwest mix of swells is expected to hold through Thursday. South shores are expected to go quiet from Friday through the first part of next week.
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.