Hilda Prompts High Surf Advisory
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay. Winds of 20 to 25 knots out of the northeast are forecasted with rough seas up to 13 feet. This advisory is posted through 6:00 p.m. Monday. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the east side of Maui as swell generated by hurricane Hilda builds. The advisory is posted through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. Wave heights of 6 to 10 feet are expected Monday, building to 8 to 12 feet Monday night and Tuesday. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights of about waist/head high are expected today early on. As the swell peaks, we could see well overhead waves at the best breaks.
West: Wave heights ankle/knee high are expected for spots open to the southwest swells. Otherwise, flat conditions are expected for the spots that are blocked by other islands.
South: Wave heights ankle/thigh/waist high are expected at the best breaks.
Our current south-southwest swell is expected to continue fading early this week. A very small southwest swell is expected to build in today. No significant swells are on the horizon out of the SPAC. Small swells are expected the second half of the week but a bigger swell is possible middle of next week if a storm near New Zealand develops as expected.
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.