Thursday, September 01, 2016

9 1 16 morning call

Double surf and windsurf session for me yesterday, here's some photos of the windsurfing action.

North shore is pretty rough these days. The tropical storm Madeline passed south of Big Island (picture below is from 5am) and that means that the counter clockwise rotation of its winds is adding to the regular flow of the trades.
As a result, the Hookipa iWindsurf sensor is already reading 15-28 mph at 5.30am. There will be waves (mostly head high with some overhead sets is my guess), but a lot of wind too.

Buoys 5am
6.9ft @ 9s from 77° (ENE)           
3.5ft @ 7s from 67° (ENE)
2.8ft @ 11s from 76° (ENE)
1.7ft @ 14s from 89° (E)

1.2ft @ 5s from 162° (SSE)
1.1ft @ 9s from 193° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 12s from 197° (SSW)
0.5ft @ 5s from 175° (S)
7f  9s from 77 will make overhead waves in Hana, but Hookipa also will have some energy. Stay tuned for the beach report (I did three yesterday, you guys better be checking the blog often if you want to stay updated).
Today's map shows that weak (winds barely 30 knots) NW fetch I mentioned yesterday. It's a good sign to see a low up there, but unfortunately it's gonna dissipate soon and for the first two weeks of September, the only long period waves arriving to the islands are still gonna come from the south. That is totally normal, we're still in summer.
Madeline didn't even do much rain, let's see what Lester brings. That one should get much closer to Maui and pass by us from the north instead.

Today the wind should be strong and that is confirmed by Windguru in its new graphics. I circled the clocking of the winds that Lester should cause when it gets closer. Saturday afternoon the north shore could have some moment of relative cleaness if the wind goes south.

This is the map of Wednesday 7 and it shows a well oriented strong fetch east of New Zealand. If confirmed, it should generate a decent swell starting 7 days later and with a reinforcement on Friday the 16th that Surfline calls at 3f 18s. Too early to get excited, but it's good to know that at least there will be something coming from the south.

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