South Holds Today, More Swell for Weekend
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels, as well as Māʻalaea Bay, through 6:00 a.m. Sunday. East winds are expected up to 25 knots with rough seas from about 8 to 12 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, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights of about knee/thigh high are expected today for the best breaks (like Hana).
West: Wave heights knee/waist/chest high are expected at the best breaks. Spots shadowed by other islands will be smaller or even flat.
South: Wave heights waist/chest high are expected at the best breaks.
Trade swell is expected to hold today.
Our current south swell is expected to hold through Saturday morning before beginning to fade.
A small west swell generated by Super-Typhoon Atsani is expected to move in on the weekend. This system could go extratropical next week and curve northwest. If so, we could get more swell out of this system.
Tropical Depression Three-C, currently to the southeast of the Hawaiian islands, is expected to strengthen over the next couple of days. If so, we could see some short-period wind swell as early as this weekend and into early next week. Keeping a close eye on this system and will bring you the latest.
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.