Marine Advisories Posted Due to High Winds
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is posted for east facing shores of Maui and Moloka’i through 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Surf is expected to reach 6 to 9 foot faces. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. East winds up to 30 knots are forecasted along with rough seas of 9 to 13 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A Gale Warning is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for northeast winds up to 35 knots with higher gusts and rough seas up to 15 feet.
**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: Wave heights are expected to start out around shoulder/head high today with standouts still reaching well overhead on the sets early in the day. Swell drops through the day.
West: Wave heights waist high at the breaks open to the swell early in the day. Otherwise, pretty flat conditions are expected today for spots shadowed from the swells.
South: Ankle to knee high waves are expected today. Best breaks could get waist high sets.
A pulse out of the northwest is expected to fade through the middle of the week. Swell out of the north-northeast shifting more northeast expected to bring overhead sets Wednesday and chest to head high waves Thursday.
This week is looking pretty quite out of the southern hemisphere although a small boost out of the south-southwest is expected to fill in today and Thursday. A small boost is expected over the weekend out of the south-southeast. Next week we could see some activity around May 5th or 6th pending development of storms.
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.