Series of Swells Through First Week of December
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is in effect for the east facing shores of Maui and Molokaʻi until 6 p.m. Friday. Surf along east facing shores could reach heights of 6 to 9 feet. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and dangerous currents that make getting into the water hazardous and swimming difficult.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County windward waters, the ʻAlenuihāhā, Pailolo and Kaiwi channels until 6 a.m. Saturday. Winds of 20 to 25 knots are expected and rough seas from 8 to 15 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, forecasted swell direction, height & period, tides, a surface map and expected wave heights.**
North: Surf is expected head high to possibly a few feet overhead. The best spots on Molokaʻi and Maui’s northern exposures could even see double overhead waves on the sets.
West: Spots that are open to the northwest-north swell will get some wrap with waves expected head high to overhead. Breaks that don’t catch the swell are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: Many areas will remain flat today.
A mix of north-northwest and north-northeast swells today. A new north-northwest is expected to fill in today bringing overhead to possibly double overhead waves at the best exposures on the sets.
Another swell out of the northeast is expected to bring another round of overhead waves over the weekend. New northwest swell could start building over the weekend on top of our old swell. Wave heights expected in the overhead range.
If models are right, a series of swells will affect our northerly exposures the first week of December.
Super small trace amounts of swell expected out of the SPAC. Some small SW to S swells could fill in Friday/Saturday of next week if storms in the SPAC behave as forecasted.