Thanks to blog reader Ben for posting a comment with a link to these dramatic pictures of a water sprout that happened in Kihei 2 days ago.
This is a couple of Hi-Tech rental customers on whose car I just loaded a couple of stand up boards. They enjoyed my joke: "now you got a real Padillac there!"
5am significant buoy readings
The Kona's windswell is going down, but that 1.2f 12s will provide something. There were some small sets yesterday together with the weaker windswell waves. Check the webcams, as usual.
5.9ft @ 8s from 193° (SSW)
6.2ft @ 9s from 89° (E)
As a matter of fact, both Waimea and Pauwela do report small mid period readings. The light blue line in Pauwela's graph is associated with that, so Hookipa should have some small lines here and there to keep it from going completely flat, but nothing substantial. The normal NW swells surfing operations will resume tomorrow over there.
In the meantime, the windswell is still up, now coming from 81 degrees (so most likely missing Hookipa). That peak at noon yesterday (O.H.) provided plenty overhead sets to the east facing shores. Today it should be smaller both because the size went down and the direction went more east. Look at the maps I posted yesterday and you'll see that 81 is borderline already.
Current wind map shows:
1) distant moderate NW fetch
2) much closer and stronger NW fetch
3) windswell fetch
The L indicates the position of a low that will be kinda stationary for the next few days. that's why there will be such little wind. For most of the time, we should be in a small area of no wind, but surrounded by winds of all kind of direction, so things can go bad really easily. We'll see what will happen day by day.