Wednesday, August 31, 2016

8 31 16 morning call

One thing I need to start doing again is taking a photo to document the conditions of the day before. I forgot to do that yesterday, Hookipa had head high sets at sunset.

Let's start with the 4.30am satellite picture that shows the hurricane Madeline kinda stalling just offshore Big Island. You can see that better in the animation with link n.6.

Buoys 4am
North Hawaii
7.4ft @ 10s from 101° (ESE)

5.1ft @ 8s from 58° (ENE)           
2.5ft @ 6s from 57° (ENE)
1.9ft @ 11s from 93° (E)
1.5ft @ 13s from 96° (E)
4.9ft @ 12s from 93° (E)
3.7ft @ 9s from 69° (ENE)
3.6ft @ 8s from 71° (ENE)
2.9ft @ 6s from 68° (ENE)
1.2ft @ 10s from 188° (S)
0.8ft @ 7s from 197° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 12s from 200° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 4s from 162° (SSE)

Pauwela only has a significant 8s component, while the slightly longer period ones are still pretty small. They're bigger at the other buoys (for example 5f 12s at Mokapu), so I would expect that to ramp up in Maui too. Seen the straight East direction, Hana will probably have the biggest waves.

No sign at all of the west swell and that's a bit disappointing, both the Kihei and Lahaina webcams show minimal energy, so east and north facing sides are the only options.

Gonna be a windy and rainy day. The iWindsurf sensor is already reading 12-24 at Hookipa at 5am, so expect some rough, choppy waters. And stay tuned for a report from the beach later.
Some very marginal windsurfing did happen yesterday, but it didn't last long between squalls.
MC2km map not updated yet, check it out later at link n. 17.

Wind map shows the hurricanes' fetches, a fetch down south (only a small part of a bigger one pointing towards us) and a weak NW one that should get stronger tomorrow and provide us with a first little NW swell in a few days (not indicated by the other websites, but I do see it on the maps).

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