January 03, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 3, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 3, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH WEST AND EAST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Thursday January 10: A reinforcing northwest swell will fill in today and will continue to produce advisory level surf for north and west facing shores through tonight. This northwest swell will gradually decline late tonight through Friday, with several small reinforcements expected over the weekend into early next week. A moderate northwest swell is possible middle of next week. Persistent moderate to strong trades will produce rough, advisory level surf along east facing shores through the remainder of the week. The surf is expected to steadily decline along east facing shores Sunday through early next week as trades diminish.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

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North

am        pm  

Surf: Shoulder to head high NW long period swell with occasional 1-2′ overhead high sets.

Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 15-20mph in the morning increasing to 20-25mph in the afternoon.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high WNW long period swell.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with NW winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting SW 5-10mph.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high NW ground swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph in the morning shifting ENE for the afternoon.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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