Swell Slowly Begins to Ease Today
The High Surf Warning has been cancelled and replaced by a High Surf Advisory. The advisory is posted for the south facing shores of all islands in Maui County through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Wave heights of 8 to 12 foot faces are forecasted. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Marine Weather Statement has also been issued. The National Weather Service says “a long period south swell will continue to generate moderate surges in south facing harbors. Additionally, waves my break in and near channel entrances through Monday.”
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights of about knee/waist high are expected today. Easterly breaks could reach tummy/chest high on the sets.
West: Wave heights chest high to overhead are expected in the morning with a slow easing trend through the day. The best breaks could be well overhead early in the day on the sets.
South: Wave heights head high to well overhead are expected in the morning with a slow easing trend through the day. The best breaks could be near double overhead early in the day on the sets.
Our current south-southwest swell is expected to slowly start an easing trend Monday, continuing to ease through the week, dropping out around Thursday. Small rideable pulses out of the south are expected but nothing super notable.
Small trade swell will push into northeasterly exposures. Otherwise, the north Pacific is looking very quiet.
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.