January 09, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 9, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 9, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Wednesday January 16: The current long period north-northeast swell is expected to cause surf to reach the High Surf Advisory conditions along east facing shores later today, and near advisory levels for north facing shores. Otherwise, small to moderate northwest swells will persist through Friday. A large northwest swell arriving late Friday night may increase surf to the High Surf Warning criteria along north and west facing shores this weekend. This northwest swell will remain elevated into early next week, so advisory level surf may persist next Monday and Tuesday.
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: Chest to shoulder high NNE ground swell for the morning with occasional head high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to well overhead high.

Conditions: Semi clean/textured in the morning with ESE winds 10-15mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the E.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high S ground swell.

Conditions: Glassy with N winds less than 5mph in the morning shifting SSE for the afternoon.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Chest to shoulder high NNE ground swell for the morning with occasional head sets. This builds to 1-3′ overhead high for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 5-10mph in the morning increasing to 10-15mph in 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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