Advisory Level Swell Today, More Ahead
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 a.m. Friday for rough seas up to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A Gale Warning is posted for all off shore waters.
**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: Well overhead to double overhead waves are expected. The best breaks open to the swell are expected to possibly be larger on the sets reaching triple overhead from time to time, especially early in the day.
West: Spots open to the northwest swell could see wave heights of about head high to overhead. The best breaks could see sets in the double overhead range. Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swells, and / or are shadowed from them, are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle to knee high.
South: Building south-southwest swell energy expected to produce waves from ankle to waist high early on. In the afternoon, waist to shoulder high waves are forecasted.
Our current swell is expected to gradually fade Friday and into the weekend. A new west-northwest is expected to rebuild during the day Saturday.
A recent storm near New Zealand is expected to bring some fun knee to chest high waves for southern exposures. The swell should fill in Friday and peak Friday afternoon, holding through Saturday. Swell eases Sunday and through early next week.
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.