Hilda Swell Lingers Through end of Work Week
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is posted for Maui as swell generated by Hilda continues to affect easterly exposures. The advisory is posted through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Wave heights of 8 to 12 feet are expected. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 p.m. Friday for winds up to 30 knots and rough seas up to 10 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
The Tropical Storm Warning for offshore waters from 40nm out to 240 nm has been reinstated.
**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 chest/head high are expected today. Overhead waves could occur at the best breaks on the sets.
West: Wave heights ankle/knee high are expected for spots open to the southwest swells. Spots shadowed by other islands will be nearly flat.
South: Wave heights ankle/thigh/waist high are expected at the best breaks.
A very small southwest swell is lingering. No significant swells are on the horizon out of the SPAC. Small south-southeast swells are expected the second half of the week but a bigger swell is possible late 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.