Saturday, March 21, 2015

3 21 15 morning call

Pretty mediocre day yesterday.
The wind and windswell were on the waves even at 6.30 (which, let's not forget it, it's kind of normal for Maui... we just got spoiled by the winter), so surfing wasn't too exciting.

Windsurfing for me was ok for the first half hour. Two reasons for that:
- it was light and sideshore (while later it turned a bit more onshore)
- it was just me and Anne Marie who has joined the Hot Sails Maui team and was sporting a beautiful orange KS3, as you can admire below in this shot by Jimmie Hepp.
The sail you guys, the sail.

Then I had to go to work and I don't know how the rest of the afternoon went, but I know that when drove back home at 6pm, it was pouring down on the whole north shore.
Trades bring rain.

The NOAA has issued a high surf advisory. Pat Caldwell has called for 8f 13s from NNW, but I don't see anything like that at the buoys. Have a look yourself in the three graphs combo below.
And if you're on your phone and can't click on it, here's the Pauwela readings at 5am:
4.8ft @ 7s from 33° (NE)
4.5ft @ 11s from 332° (NNW)
3.7ft @ 9s from 336° (NNW)
1.2ft @ 4s from 55° (ENE)

See how many swells of different period and direction? Well, guess what that means... unclean surf.
Also because it's already blowing 11mph at 5.30am while I write this...

The trades are generated by a high pressure that sits north of the islands. Just like the one that is pictured in the wind map below. Well, guess what's the other consequence of it?
Can you spot any fetch generating waves toward us? Good luck... there's none.
Sometimes there can be lows in the corners that can coexists with the trades' high, but not in this case. And even if there is a low with a fetch pointed our way, the high usually keep it far away and limits the amount of energy that reaches the islands.
In other words, high pressure north of Hawaii, good for the wind, not for the waves. So
yes, it should be windy today.

PS. When I say mediocre day, I mean for me and for Maui. Fortunately both standards are quite high. It would have been an epic day in most windsurfing places in the rest of the world.

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