Small Craft Advisory extended, North occasionally overhead
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
The SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY has been extended yet again for Maui County windward waters, the Pailolo Channel and Māʻalaea Bay until 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Rough seas are expected from 6 to 12 feet. Winds are forecasted out of the east from 20 to 25 knots, with higher gusts. Inexperienced mariners are cautioned to avoid navigating in these conditions.
North: Surf is expected in the waist to chest high range occasionally bigger at the best breaks exposed to the swell.
West: Breaks that don’t catch the north or south-southwest swells are forecasted to get smaller surf in the ankle high range. Spots that are open to the swell should see waist to chest high waves with occasional plusses.
South: Ankle-slappers to possibly waist high surf is expected. Generally the farther south you go, the bigger the waves. The best southern exposures could see waves in the waist to chest high range.
Our north swell (350-360°) is fading through Monday. A new northwest swell (315-350°) is expected to peak in the chest to head high range late afternoon on Tuesday. Best exposures along the northwest coast could see overhead waves with this swell. The swell is expected to hold through the end of the work week.
A moderate trade wind swell is affecting our eastern shores.
Our current south-southwest swell (200-180°) is expected to hold today before fading out early next week. After that swell subsides, surf goes quiet with not much on the horizon out of the South Pacific.
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.