Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday 3 30 20 morning call

This picture of John John Florence was on Mini Waves by Dom's page.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
1.3ft @ 15s from 192° (SSW)
1.3ft @ 12s from 189° (S)

1.5ft @ 13s from 180° (S)

Mix of small declining period southerly energy and possibly new low 15s SSW energy filling in at Barbers. Below is the collage of the maps of March 22, 23 and 24. The best part of the fetch in the Tasman Sea was heavily blocked by New Zealand, while the unblocked part was relatively weak and that explains why this is going to be the smallest of the three distinct swells we had in the last 7-8 days. Also notice the small SSE fetch on the 23rd that intensified the day after, but was aiming at Central America. I circled it in blue, but the chances for some angular spreading energy are pretty low.

It should be a fairly small day on the south shore, but not completely flat. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested for size, conditions and consistency. When I know there's waves, sometimes I leave in the dark to hit the water at dawn. In this case, I preferred to wait until the sun was out and it was probably a good idea, as this is the first decent wave I've seen in 10 minutes. Probably not worth the drive, but it's a personal decision, that's why you should always check the camera yourself before deciding.

North shore
5.3ft @ 9s from 76° (ENE)

Once again, pure windswell on the north shore. Hookipa will be relatively small (up to occasionally head high), slightly bigger sizes can be found on east facing shores.     

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column).

North Pacific fetches map (about 4 days travel time from the NW corner):
A well positioned NW fetch and the windswell one, both pretty weak though.

South Pacific fetches map (about 7 days travel time from east of New Zealand):
A pretty strong storm aiming is aiming its winds to Central and South America, only a tiny portion of which seems to be oriented towards us. Not much to be expected locally.

Morning sky.

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