Advisory Level Swell Peaks Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for north winds up to 25 knots with higher gusts. Rough seas of 9 to 14 feet are also forecasted through Wednesday afternoon. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north facing shores of Maui and Molokai from 6:00 p.m. this evening through 6:00 a.m. Thursday for a north swell building tonight and peaking Wednesday before gradually diminishing. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.**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 heights are expected to peak midday at double to triple overhead at the best breaks, especially for spots east of Ho’okipa. The very best exposures could be even bigger than that.
West: Spots open to the swells are expected to get chest high to overhead waves on the sets at the best exposures. Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swells, and / or are shadowed from them, are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: Ankle to knee high surf is expected.
Our current west-northwest is expected to hold through Thursday. A larger north-northwest (330-360) swell is expected to fill in and peak Wednesday midday up to triple overhead at the best exposures.
Nothing of note out of the SPAC to get excited about.
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.