Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday 1 20 19 morning call

I finally managed to rest for a whole day and my body is thankful. As easily predicted, the windsurfers hit the waves at Hookipa in large numbers. This photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery shows the relatively short period of the current swell.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys. I've not been paying any attention to the south shore at all, but below are the maps of the 12th and 13th that show a couple of fetches in the Tasman Sea and straight south of us. So, despite the lack of indication at the buoys, there might be some small waves breaking. As usual, the presence of a local webcam in Lahaina would greatly help the assessment of the size, so check the Ozolio website if you are in a position of hosting one.

North shore
3.7ft @ 10s from 12° (NNE)

3.3ft @ 9s from 351° (N)
3ft @ 11s from 347° (NNW)

4.9ft @ 11s from 344° (NNW)

4.5ft @ 11s from 343° (NNW)
3.8ft @ 6s from 60° (ENE)
2.9ft @ 9s from 338° (NNW)

NNW swell pretty steady locally (Pauwela's reading at 5am was 5.1ft @ 11s from 341°), but with a downward trend at the upstream buoys. We should expect fun size waves all day, possibly smaller at sunset and definitely smaller tomorrow. Next NW swell is predicted by Surfline to start showing only Tuesday, with the two days after that being the relatively big ones. I will report from Hookipa, but with the limitation of the text only, until I figure out why the Blogger app is not uploading photos anymore (need help on that, please!).

Wind map at noon shows the wind line getting closer to the coast in the Kahului area. It should be totally glassy till then instead, seen the ESE original direction.

Pretty wide WNW fetch (between 290 and 310, not ideal for Maui) in the North Pacific. Surfline calls for 8f 15s from 309 on Wednesday, up to 11f 15s from 314 on Thursday.

Small S fetch in the South Pacific.

Morning sky.

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