Andres Generates Trade Swell
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
The High Surf Advisory has been extended until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. for surf from 5 to 8 feet along south facing shores. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Small Craft Advisory has been posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. East winds up to 25 knots and rough seas of 6 to 10 feet are expected.
**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: Wave heights thigh high or less expected today. Trade swell magnets could get waist to chest high waves or more (Hana side).
West: Chest high/overhead waves expected today.
South: Head high to slightly overhead waves are expected today.
Our current south-southwest gradually fades over the rest of the week.
Small and relatively short-period northwest swells are forecasted to continue throughout the week, with a slightly larger northwest expected next weekend.
Hurricane Andres in the far East Pacific has generated a long period east swell that is forecasted to persist into next weekend. Initial swells are expected to be small, but the swell is forecast to grow to the point that an advisory may be needed for east facing shores before next weekend.
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.