Wind Prompts Several Marine Alerts
A Gale Warning is posted for the Alenuihaha and Pailolo channels. Winds up to 35 knots and seas up to 15 feet are expected.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all other Maui County waters and channels through 6 a.m. Friday. East winds are expected up to 30 knots and seas up to 12 feet.
A High Surf Advisory is posted through Sunday at 6 p.m. for east facing shores with 8 to 11 foot faces expected.
**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 to be chest/shoulder high in the morning and easing through the day. The best breaks could get up to head high. Trade swell focal points are expected to be well overhead.
West: Wave heights are below waist high today.
South: Wave heights are below waist high today with the best breaks possibly getting a bit bigger from time to time. Spots catching the trade swell could be up to overhead
A big surge in easterly winds has brought small craft advisory and gale warning conditions over the coastal waters. Trade swell will continue as long as the winds are up.
Nothing of note expected out of the Southern Hemi for the final weeks of 2015.
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.