Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday 2 15 19 morning call

Thanks to Pukas and Pearls for the donation.

Two shortboard sessions for me yesterday, both in low quality conditions on the north shore. I did go all the way to Lahaina looking for something better, but despite the appearance of this beautiful wrap in Puamana (shot in a short and temporary lull), the wind was too strong everywhere. The trash bin gives it away.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore
2.2ft @ 13s from 231° (WSW)

2ft @ 6s from 306° (WNW)
1.3ft @ 14s from 285° (WNW)
1.3ft @ 9s from 295° (WNW)
1.1ft @ 12s from 217° (SW)

The 12-13 seconds energy at the buoys is explained by Pat Cladwell: WW3 suggests a smidgen of 15s swell out of 190 degrees for 2/13. WW3 continues to show similar slithers of swell from within 180-240 degrees with 13-15s intervals through the period. The more 240 degree energy can be traced to the tropical cyclone activity near Vanuatu that flared up last week and continues this week. It is rare to get surf from such sources in Hawaii. Best odds, though still of high uncertainty, are for 2/17-18 locally.

I wouldn't get too excited about that, as the Ala Moana webcam looks pretty small. A webcam in Lahaina would show if there's still wrap and the wind conditions, but there's none at the moment. Please contact Ozolio if you have the possibility of hosting one. From what I can see from the west side webcams, the northerly wrap has gone down quite a bit and I don't think today it gets all the way down to Lahaina.

North shore
10.2ft @ 9s from 40° (NE)

9ft @ 11s from 37° (NE)

8.9ft @ 10s from 31° (NE)
7.6ft @ 11s from 30° (NNE)
More NE energy on tap for today. The wind will be unfortunately on it again, hence conditions will be stormy, although starting to become a little lighter in the afternoon. Seek sheltered spots. Lots of brown water around, due to the heavy rains.
Wind map at noon.

North Pacific has a nice fetch in the NW corner and the nearby windswell one, now oriented more ENE after quite a few days of NNE.

South Pacific has a fetch that will be completely blocked by New Zealand (hence circled in black).

Morning sky.

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