Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday 3 21 17 morning call

Beautiful day with multiple surfing choices yesterday (pretty much like every day). Later in the afternoon the windsurfers hit the waves at Hookipa and this photo is by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

3.4ft @ 14s from 260° (W)
The Cove in Kihei had head high waves yesterday, should still have waves today. Check the webcams!
Talking about which, I know some of the links in my list on the right column of this blog don't work anymore, but I'm not removing them in the hope they'll put them back. The Ohukai one was an important one and I know there's another one that shoots the same area from Maalaea, but can't find it anymore. Any help/hint with new webcams is much appreciated.

North shore
3.7ft @ 13s from 281° (WNW)
2.6ft @ 10s from 347° (NNW)
2.2ft @ 15s from 319° (NW)

3.1ft @ 16s from 306° (WNW)
3.1ft @ 12s from 305° (WNW)
3ft @ 10s from 343° (NNW)

4.6ft @ 13s from 309° (WNW)

3.2ft @ 13s from 333° (NNW)
2.8ft @ 5s from 53° (ENE)
2ft @ 6s from 48° (NE)
1.3ft @ 9s from 2° (N)
WNW swell peaked yesterday, but the readings at the buoys are still decent. Below are the graphs of the NW101 and NW001 buoys. Notice:
1) how similar everything is (other than the colors chosen to represent the different swells) since the two buoys are sitting a few miles from each other
2) a new pulse of 15-16s (circled in red) that started showing around midnight and so should be here by sunset.
Today we can expect a slight decline in the period of the WNW, but still plenty waves all day. Stay tuned for the Hookipa conditions beach report, it should be at least head high.
Looks like another beautiful day ahead of us.

As I pointed out yesterday, coinciding with the Spring equinox that astronomically happened yesterday, the trades are back and are here to stay. The way I see things (unrelated to the calendar), winter is not over yet by any means, and Sunday's swell is a confirmation of that.
Unfortunately, the iWindsurf sensor at Hookipa already reads 16mph (12-23) at 6am and if I had gotten up earlier, I'd be driving away from it. Below is the MC2km map at 1pm that shows plenty easterly trades. I like the direction, but the intensity will be strong and gusty, not my favorite kind.

Current wind map shows:
1) a newly formed low right off Japan. That is the one that will make Sunday's big swell (10f 15s).
2) wide and elongated, but weak NW fetch.

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