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6am significant buoy readings
Nothing at the buoys, but yesterday morning Lahaina was knee to occasionally thigh high and clean.
4.8ft @ 12s from 291° (WNW)
4.6ft @ 13s from 332° (NNW)
4.8ft @ 9s from 69° (ENE)
The shadow line from Honolua to Molokai is 335, but in my experience everything past 330 hits it. Remember, a swell never comes from exactly only one direction. It's more like a range of directions. For example, the Pauwela reading at 6am says almost 5f 13s from 332, but there will be sets that come from possibly plus or minus 15 degrees. How wide the range is, depends on how wide the fetch was. And this was a pretty wide fetch, as we'll see better below.
That's why Honolua looks so good in that photo above. And it should be good today too, just smaller. In the NW and Pauwela graphs below, you can in fact notice that this very long lasting swell is finally starting to decrease (dark blue line for NW and light blue line for Pauwela).
I also pointed out a couple of changes of directions at the NW buoy. It first got more westerly around midnight yesterday. I don't think we've felt that at all in Maui. Then it veered again more west yesterday evening and now is reading 291 degrees, which would mean almost no energy hitting Maui's north shore. Instead, I still don't think we'll feel much of that in Maui. Why?