Saturday, December 06, 2014

12 6 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
6.8ft @ 14s from 333° (NNW)
4ft @ 10s from 360° (N)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
1.8ft @ 13s from 283° (WNW)
1.3ft @ 8s from 203° (SSW)
1.1ft @ 18s from 219° (SW)
0.8ft @ 3s from 276° (W) 

Yesterday was a big day and today will be too. It actually depends on what's big for you. 7f 14s is big for me. I'll have a look at Hookipa (photo coming up soon), but my guess is that I'll surf somewhere else.
This swell is slowly decreasing (but not much) all day and then tomorrow it's going to be way bigger (13f 14s).
It's December in Hawaii and it's big every daii...

As the wind map below shows, the wind is going to be light onshorish and to me it doesn't look good at all for wind sports.

Unfortunately the Maui county @ 2km website did not update their map, but both the NAM and HRW models offered by Windguru (do anyone ever scroll down the page on windguru??) offer some hopes in the afternoon for the wind propelled sports.
Below is the weather map forecasted for Tuesday 9th (which I believe I posted already 3 days ago and it's staying very consistent... sometimes the models do get it right way in advance!).
Well yesterday I introduced you to the sad clown, this one is the Cyclops instead. A big one eyed monster. See how close to the islands the end of the fetch is? That means big. Huge, actually.
But that's too far ahead, let's focus on today. It's 6 o'clock and I'm not ready yet. See you guys later with the photo report.

Actually, one more thing. See in the map above how the end of the fetch is close to the islands but it's not on the island? That is the case most times. Maui sits at around 21 degrees of latitude and that means that we get the good part of the storms (the swells) without the bad weather (or maybe just the tail end of the fronts) and most importantly the active wind.

Now check the map below forecasted for the 10th for Europe. That monster fetch will produce a monster swell that surfline is calling at 49f 18s for Ireland. But unfortunately, they will be right in the middle of the fetch, that means 50 knots wind and good luck at surfing with that breeze...
Oh, some pretty shitty weather back home in Italy too, I see...
Ok, now time to go celebrate 21 degrees of latitude in the water.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

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