Hookipa yesterday morning had some gems.
Hookipa yesterday afternoon. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this album.
significant buoy readings and discussion.
2.3ft @ 14s from 177° (S)
2.7ft @ 14s from 180° (S)
I'm unsure about the source of the southerly energy at the buoys. Pat Caldwell thinks it's from a fetch SE of New Zealand that happened May 23-25. I disagree (11 days of travel is too much) and tend to think it was a small fetch NE of New Zealand that happened May 26-27. Below are the maps of May 26 through 31, where you can see (if too small, you can enlarge it on your phone) that fetch. It's pretty small, so I'm still not sure. But wherever it comes from, it's welcome.
Notice the strong fetch in the Tasman Sea that will provide a swell that will start arriving tomorrow. Notice also the large fetch that happened just east of the 180 direction on May 28-30. It shouldn't be blocked by the Big Island and it will be interesting to see what happens (if it gets here) with the mix of a SSW swell.
Yesterday afternoon there were some chest high sets in Lahaina, but it seems a lot smaller at first light this morning. Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.
4.1ft @ 10s from 339° (NNW)
4.5ft @ 10s from 324° (NW)
NW swell is still in the water. Pauwela's readings make me guess the size of Hookipa at around head high with possible bigger sets.
Forecast and energy spectrum of Pauwela from this PACIOOS page.
Fetches map (circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific (about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):
South Pacific (about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):