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1pm UPDATE Obs Saturday 7/23 powered by Access Surf Fundraiser at Hawaiian South Shore 6pm tonight.

Strong NE to NNE veering winds 15-30+mph. Overcast. Tropical storm warning for Big Is., Maui and Oahu. High surf warning Big Is. + Maui. High surf advisory for all East facing shores. Small craft Adv for all waters.

BIG PICTURE Updated. ENE energy reaches far above advisory levels (TS Darby) and tiny SSW holds. Call the SNN Hotline 596-SURF 7a, 12, 3, 5p

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North Shore:

Up and rising on an 10 sec NE trade swell. Surf is mostly 1-3' at focusing reef sections. Sunset 0-2', Rockies Pt 0-2', Pipe is flat-1' Chuns 0-1', Laniakea 1-3', Haleiwa 0-1. Poor conditions with gusty strong NE trades and passing showers.
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West:

Down and holding on the small 13 sec SW swell. Makaha is 0-1 breaking inside the reef. Slightly larger sets at more exposed reef locations; Clean but brisk offshore and cloudy.
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Town:

Down and holding on a small 13 sec SW swell. Surf is 0-2' and clean with NE trades trending more to the North. Expect long waits from Kewalos to Ala Moana to Kaisers. Waikiki area is 0-2' and cloudy.
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Diamond Head:

Down and holding on the mix of easing 13 sec SW and 8 sec NE trade swell wrap. DH is 1-2' and maybe with an occ.+ and fairly clean but brisk offshore and decent form from Right Hands, Cliffs to Lighthouse. bulding NE winds filling to gales and cloudy.
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Sandy's:

Up and rising on the 9 sec ENE trade and background 13 sec SSW. Surf is 2-4+' from Full Pt - 1/2 point area, Pipe-littles 2-4+' from Middle Peaks-into the Chambers 2-3-4'; Good but with strong NE trades and cloudy.
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East Makapu'u:

Up and rising on the 10 sec ENE swell. Makapu'u is 3-6' with occ.+ sets and very poor conditions with waves breaking way outside the left at Generals & moving across the bay. Surf is 3-4' at Keiki's. NE strong (15-30mph) as TS Darby moves closer to the islands. Above High surf advisory for all East facing shores.

Weather

Saturday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 89°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
23mph NE

Sunday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 89°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
28mph E

Monday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 92°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
13mph SSE

Tuesday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 91°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
18mph ENE

Wednesday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 91°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
23mph ENE

Range:
15-30mph NE
Hi Surf Warning (Maui,Big Is), TS Watch + Warning; small craft advsry
Range:
20-40mph NW

Range:
5-10mph S

Range:
5-10mph E-NE
seabreezes
Range:
10-20mph NE

North

Saturday
07/23
NE
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Rising
5.6' 8 sec; isolated reefs
Sunday
07/24
NE
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Rising
Darby peaks isolated reefs
Monday
07/25
NE
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Dropping Slowly
9' 8 sec
Tuesday
07/26
NE
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Dropping

Wednesday
07/27
NE
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Holding

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West

Saturday
07/23
SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Holding
2' 13 sec; smooth
Sunday
07/24
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Dropping Slowly

Monday
07/25
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Holding
2' 12 sec
Tuesday
07/26
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Holding

Wednesday
07/27
SW+SSW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Rising
2.5' 14 sec + 1.5' 18 sec
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South

Saturday
07/23
SW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Holding
2' 13 sec; clean, clouds
Sunday
07/24
SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Dropping Slowly

Monday
07/25
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding
2.5' 12 sec
Tuesday
07/26
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding

Wednesday
07/27
S-SW
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Rising
2.5' 14 sec + 1.5' 18 sec
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east

Saturday
07/23
ENE+NE
Haw: 3-6+
Face: 5-10+
Rising
7.5' 11 sec
Sunday
07/24
ENE+NE
Haw: 3-6
Face: 5-10
Holding
6' 10 sec
Monday
07/25
E-NE
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Holding

Tuesday
07/26
E-NE
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Dropping

Wednesday
07/27
E-NE
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Holding

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Current Swells:

Saturday   07/23
Primary: Rising  E-NE  2-4' surf at 9 sec Darby swell
Secondary: Holding  SW  2' surf at 13 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Saturday   07/23
High surf Warning for Maui and Big Is and Tropical Storm watch and warning. Also, High surf advisory for East facing shores ...Small crft adv for All Hawaiian Waters.
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Sailing Report:

Saturday   07/23
Good for experienced: all shores with filling 15-25 mph NE trades filling in
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Diving Report:

Saturday   07/23
Poor-Fair for deeper North, good for West, fair for deeper South and poor for East ALL dives.

Oahu

SUNSET
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades moderate-strong
poor to fair

ROCKY POINT
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades moderate-strong
bumpy

Pipeline
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate-strong
fair
sailin'
HALEIWA
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Trades moderate-strong
bumpy

MAKAHA
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades moderate-fresh
Offshore

ALA MOANA
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
NE Trades moderate-strong
fair to good

Waikiki
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
NE Trades moderate-strong
fair to good

Diamond Head
Saturday   07/23
COMBO
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades moderate-strong
fair to good

Sandy Beach
Saturday   07/23
COMBO
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
NE Trades moderate-fresh
fair

Makapuu
Saturday   07/23
E-NE
Haw: 3-4
Face: 5-7
NE Trades moderate-strong
choppy

Maui

Hookipa
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
NE Trades moderate-strong
bumpy

Honolua
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
NE Trades moderate-strong
bumpy
sailing
Kihei
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate-strong
rainy, stormy

Hana
Saturday   07/23
E-NE
Haw: 3-5+
Face: 5-9+
NE Trades moderate-strong
choppy

Lahaina
Saturday   07/23
SW+SSW
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
NE Trades moderate
smooth

Kauai

Hanalei
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
NE Trades moderate-fresh
slightly bumpy
Bigger toward NE
Majors
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Trades moderate-fresh
fair

Poipu
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Trades moderate-fresh
fair to good

Kapaa
Saturday   07/23
E-NE
Haw: 3-5+
Face: 5-9+
NE Trades moderate-fresh
choppy

Big Island

Hamakua Coast
Saturday   07/23
E-NE
Haw: 5-7
Face: 8-12
Trades moderate-strong
choppy
Warnings
Kohala
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate-fresh
diving , paddling and fishin'
sailin
Kona
Saturday   07/23
S-SW
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades moderate-fresh
good

Hilo
Saturday   07/23
NE
Haw: 6-8+
Face: 10-15+
Trades moderate-strong
choppy
Warnings
Kau
Saturday   07/23
E-NE
Haw: 6-8+
Face: 10-15+
Trades moderate-strong
choppy
Warnings

Weather

Surf Advisory and Warning Criteria
Location/shoreline Advisory Warning
North-Facing Shores- 15 Feet faces (8' Local) 25 Feet faces (15' local)
West-Facing Shores - 12 Feet (7' local) 20 Feet (12' local)
West-Facing- Big Is.- 8 Feet (4'+ local) 12 Feet (7' local)
South-Facing Shores- 8 Feet (4'+ local) 15 Feet (8' local)
East-Facing Shores- 8 Feet (4'+ local) 15 Feet (8' local)

Big Picture

BIG PICTURE

Saturday July 23rd

‘Darby’ is the word of the week for waves, winds weather and warnings.
Surf is above warning levels along the Big Is SE and East shores. Maui’s rising too. Makapu’u is solid 6’ and Sandy’s much cleaner at solid 4’ (but it’s all building).

NPAC

Recent-current: We’ve had a near endless run of short period NE trade and tropical storm swells most the summer: One of the most consistent for at least waves to ride in the country in recent memory.

Next 1: Darby rising to 3’ or more esp for NE shores peaking over 6’ local size. The event will fade fast Monday with some underlying long period small ENE from Estelle swell even for Tuesday for upstream winds. Exact height is tough to call with a short fetch period and exact track of Darby up over or below the Islands. Big Is is the main hit for surf.

Next 2: Regular generic NE Trade swell fills back in Thursday onward with no ground swell in sight from the west, NW or central Pacific.


SPAC:

Recent and current: We had some small SW Taz surf up to about 2.5’ at top spots to sets but it’s fading this weekend. The source was a 45-55kt Low in the Taz 7/14.

Next: A Gale NE of NZL last Tuesday may bump us up later Tuesday the 26th to near 3’ surf at 14 sec. thru Wednesday. Light trades will be back after the southerlies from the passage of Darby Monday.

#2: A 45-55kt Low moved east over the Tz last Tuesday the 19th which may push up to 14 sec SSW Thursday-Friday the 28-29th to just over 2’ or about chest high.

Last: We could see some 15 sec SW Taz again filling Sat the 30th but nothing over 2’. We’ll keep an eye out. The Summer has been uneventful but at least it’s been very consistent.

Windward: High Surf warnings with tons of swell all week. Many beaches and parks are closed. Surf along the Big Is is 6-10’ and Maui 4-8’ and Oahu 4-6’ and Kauai 3-5’ but all are rising still.

Tropics: ‘Active’ is the term. In May some Meteorologist thought this year would see 5-7 storms between June 1 and Nov 30. We’ve had 7 already pop up and there’s 4 months to go (Frank and Georgette are behind Darby). Last El Nino season we had about 16 named Hurricanes…the second highest on record. We won’t likely get close to that number but only if this current Tropical Storm machine shuts down for awhile. By July 13th 2015 we already had 11 storms. Fingers crossed things calm down. They should.
The formal outlook calls for a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during the 2016 hurricane season:
• 13-20 named storms,
• 6-11 hurricanes,
• 3-6 major hurricanes
• BE PREPARED
















Surf Advisory and Warning Criteria
Location/shoreline Advisory Warning
North-Facing Shores- 15 Feet faces (8' Local) 25 Feet faces (15' local)
West-Facing Shores - 12 Feet (7' local) 20 Feet (12' local)
West-Facing- Big Is. - 8 Feet (4'+ local) 12 Feet (7' local)
East-Facing Shores- 8 Feet (4+ local) 15 Feet (8’ local)

Tropical Storm - winds 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)
Category 1 - winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt)
Category 2 - winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt)
Category 3 - winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt)
Category 4 - winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt)
Category 5 - winds 156 mph and up (135+ kt)


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