SSW Holds, Then Slowly FadesSeptember 22, 2015, 1:45 AM HST · Updated September 21, 10:57 PM 0 Comments
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay through 6 a.m. Wednesday. East winds up to 25 knots are expected along with rough seas of up to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the south facing shores of all islands through 6 a.m. Tuesday for 5 to 8 foot faces. 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 are expected waist/chest high today for spots catching the trade swell. Many spots will remain pretty flat.
West: Wave heights waist/chest high are expected today. The best breaks could be up to shoulder/head high on the sets. Spots shadowed by other islands will be smaller.
South: The south-southwest is expected to bring chest/head high waves today. The best breaks could get up to overhead occasionally on the sets.
Our reinforcing SSW swell is expected to hold Tuesday morning before starting to slowly fade through the day and into the week. Small scale south-southwest swells are expected through the end of the month but nothing super noteable.
Trade winds will continue to generate short-period choppy surf at moderate levels along east facing shores through the weekend. Other than that, there is nothing of note out of the NPAC.
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.