No photos from yesterday, this is my friend Kazuma Saita at the Bay a while ago in a photo by Noah Garrett.
4am Significant buoy readings
3.5ft @ 13s from 272° (W)
Scroll below to yesterday's post to compare this reading to yesterday's and you'll see that today Kihei should have similar, just a tad (or more correctly a second) smaller waves. Check the webcams.
4.8ft @ 12s from 291° (WNW)
At 12s, the waves take ROUGHLY 20 hours from the NW buoy to here, so by looking at what happened at the NW buoy in the last 20 hours, you can have an idea of what's gonna happen here locally today: a more steady decline, but I wouldn't call it a dying swell just yet. Not with 4.6f 13s in the local waters. I''ll post a beach report at 6.30am from the lookout (where I'll meet my surf guide customer), but I can anticipate you that Hookipa will be really fun size and clean.
And that's why I tend to use the Windity maps. For the short term closeups, three models are available:
Those km numbers are the resolution at which the models calculate the wind. Now you would think that a model with a resolution of 3km (wind predicted for every point of a grid of 3km wide cells) would be more precise of a model with a resolution of 9km, but that might not necessarily be the case.
Below is the ECMWF (also knows as the European model) prediction for 7am and it seems to be much more in line with what the Hookipa sensor is reading while I write this at 5.30am.
You know what? I'll send an email to the windity guy and ask him to incorporate the HRW model for Hawaii. Let's see what he thinks.
1) a newly forming fetch coming off Japan