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645 OBS Wednesday 12/7/16 Powered by Surfer, the Bar

Light variables with midday seabreezes and clear.

New moderate WNW, tiny SSW, average Easterly: Call the SNN Hotline 596-SURF 7a, 12p, 3p, 5p trend/recap.

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North Shore:

Up and rising to 4-6+' midday, down and dropping on the 12 sec N. Currently: real good & glassy Sunset is 3-5', Rocky's 3-4', Pipe/OTW 3-4', Chuns 3-4+', Laniakea 3-4' and Ali'i Beach Park 2-4+'. Partly cloudy.
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West:

Up and rising WNW with trace SSW & dying N wrap. Makaha is 2-3+' with 5' midday; glass lines veering onshores by late morning till the eve glass off; hot and sunny day on the way.
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Town:

Down and dropping on the 13 sec SSW. Surf is 0-1-2' for top reefs from Kewalos to Courts, Bowls, Piles to Kaisers. Threes-Pops-Queens are 0-1-2'. Smooth, glass early, mostly calm and clear, Onshore mush and convective cloud build up toward midday on.
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Diamond Head:

Down and dropping on the 13 sec SSW. Surf is 1-2' occ. 2.5' and smooth glass to the horizon; slight bumpiness later with landheating seabrz. Good rides and it will be packed from Lighthouse to Right hands and Cliffs & pretty clear.
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Sandy's:

Down and slowly dropping on the mix of 9 sec East trade swell, N wrap and some SSW. Surf is 1-2 barely occ 3' in the Full Point area with head-high sets; smooth early with light variable from Full Pt - 1/2 point area thru Pipe-little's and Middle Peaks-into Chambers is 1-2'+ with fun, smooth tubes and decent weather.
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East Makapu'u:

Down a hair and Holding on the 9 sec trade swell. Surf is 1-2 occ 3' with chance of a few plus breaking just outside on the left. Some 'benders' Keiki's are in the fun 1-2+' range; smooth and partly cloudy.

Weather

Wednesday
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Temp
min:
74°F
max: 87°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
8mph NE

Thursday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 83°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
8mph SW

Friday
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Temp
min:
72°F
max: 86°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
8mph WSW

Saturday
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Temp
min:
71°F
max: 86°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
8mph SW

Sunday
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Temp
min:
71°F
max: 86°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
3mph NW

Range:
3-5mph NE
seabreezes midday on
Range:
5-10mph E-NE
veering variable to seabrz
Range:
5-10mph E
to seabrz
Range:
5-10mph Light/Var
south flow to seabrz
Range:
5-15+mph S

North

Wednesday
12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Rising
5-7' middayish; 6' 16 sec; glassy, cloudy
Thursday
12/08
W-NW
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Holding
4' 14 sec
Friday
12/09
NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Dropping
3' 12 sec
Saturday
12/10
N-NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Dropping

Sunday
12/11
N
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Rising Evening
NW @ 1' 15s 2pm
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West

Wednesday
12/07
W-NW
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Rising
5' surf 1pm-ish; Smooth, clear early, onshore, cloudy later
Thursday
12/08
W-NW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Holding

Friday
12/09
NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Dropping

Saturday
12/10
N-NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Dropping

Sunday
12/11
N
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding

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South

Wednesday
12/07
SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Dropping Slowly
1.5' 13 sec; clean, fairly clear
Thursday
12/08
SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Dropping Slowly
1' 12 sec
Friday
12/09
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Dropping Slowly
1' 11 sec
Saturday
12/10
S-SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Holding

Sunday
12/11
S-SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Holding

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east

Wednesday
12/07
E+N
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Dropping
6' 9s; clean, partly clear
Thursday
12/08
E
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Holding

Friday
12/09
E-NE
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Holding

Saturday
12/10
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Holding

Sunday
12/11
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Holding

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Current Swells:

Wednesday   12/07
Primary: Rising  W-NW  3-4' surf at 16 sec
Secondary: Dropping Slowly  E  2-3' surf at 9 sec
Third: Holding  SW  1-2' surf at 13 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Wednesday   12/07
None
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Sailing Report:

Wednesday   12/07
Poor early for all shores with light Variable to light onshore
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Diving Report:

Wednesday   12/07
Poor for North, fair-good for deeper West, good for South and good for most East dives

Oahu

SUNSET
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Variables
good
6+' 2pm ish
ROCKY POINT
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Variables
smooth
4-6' later
Pipeline
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Variables
good
6' 2pm ish
HALEIWA
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Variables
smooth
5' later
MAKAHA
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Variables to sea-breezes
smooth
5' later
ALA MOANA
Wednesday   12/07
SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Variables
smooth am...mushy pm

Waikiki
Wednesday   12/07
SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Calm
clean

Diamond Head
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Variables
smooth

Sandy Beach
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Variables
smooth

Makapuu
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 2-3 occ +
Face: 3-5 occ +
Variables
good

Maui

Hookipa
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Variables
good

Honolua
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Variables
glassy

Kihei
Wednesday   12/07
S-SW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Variables
glassy

Hana
Wednesday   12/07
E+N
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Variables
good

Lahaina
Wednesday   12/07
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Variables
good

Kauai

Hanalei
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Calm to light
smooth
5' solid coming
Majors
Wednesday   12/07
W-NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Calm
good
4' coming
Poipu
Wednesday   12/07
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Calm to light
smooth

Kapaa
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Variables
smooth

Big Island

Hamakua Coast
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-3 occ +
Face: 2-5 occ +
Calm to light
smooth

Kohala
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Variables
good

Kona
Wednesday   12/07
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Calm to light
smooth

Hilo
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Variables
smooth

Kau
Wednesday   12/07
COMBO
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Variables
smooth am...mushy pm

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 12.3.16

NPAC
The Jet has split to our NNW but luckily a deeper trough Jet shaped up off Japan again. To our NE over 1500 miles sits a 1034 High which has until today had our trades ramped up to Gales off and on. Thus the large trade swells for days, even weeks on end. By Sunday the Jet is super weak for a couple days hinting of a short break in swell production after the Dec 7-9th episode (below). By Tuesday she’s trying to come our way of Japan but ends up having some trouble extending and consolidating which allows for the formation of Lows and a closer track toward Hawaii. By Sat Dec 10th it looks like we might get more outta this large upper air current flowing west to east about 30,000 feet up.

Today it went off. Original WW3 estimates pegged this event near warnings; tho’ we did see some 10’ local scale WNW-NW sets at sunset beach for the Vans World Cup. This will fade from the NW at 14 sec Saturday in the 4-7’ range (~12’ faces or 2.5X overhead). It’ll be smaller later in the day as they finish day 3. This swell came from some 55-65kt winds in a wide fetch but it sent plenty to our NE. Seas hit near 30’ but 2000 miles off so lotsa swell decay (about 50% per 1000 miles) and so it was to be….7-8’ swell at 16 sec translating into 12-18’ wave faces centered on 315. The other feature besides being the best direction for Sunset were the East winds blowing offshore, brisk at times for sure. Love those rooster tails on the west bowl.

#1 Friday a large storm tries to come off Japan/Kurils but much of the Low stays land bound centered in the Sea of Japan. A decent fetch with weaker winds points our way by Saturday the 3rd as the system tracked east. I thought models were running hot on this last weekend as they’re calling for 10’ swell at 14 sec Thursday Dec 8th. Sure enough, it now looks like a 5’ NW swell at 15 sec for Wednesday or 5-7’ surf. Either way it will certainly get heats out at Pipe day 1 of the holding period Dec 8-20th.

#2 We have some strange stuff going on thru mid week with Japan storms tracking North and one off to our NE tracking N as well. Right now models hint of a 4’ 15 sec NW Sunday the 11th or 4-6’ surf. I’d give it 65%.

#3 By Friday Dec 9th we have 2 Lows spawned, one off the Kurils that morphed from the prior storm and one 1200 miles NE. Models may be running hot on this too for the 12th. But GFS seems sure it still could happen. Just too early for confidence.

#4 GFS (Global Forecast System) hinted just a day ago that a large Low near the Aleutians Tuesday the 13th could deliver warning level NW. I figured WW3 was way overcalling it. Often the further out you go this occurs. I pegged a 35% chance yesterday and zero chance today. Indeed, the Pipe Masters will not likely get classic waves this year. The best surf will be from the 7th till the 8th or days and after that it’s a marginal trend at best. Let’s hope and pray for a pattern change.

SPAC

The Jet was semi decent for this late in the season but now it is weak and broken. So, there’s little chance of swell generation in the next 7 days. We had one week old low on the charts hugging NZL (below) and thus the SW this week.
Indeed the past couple weeks we’ve had tiny back ground Taz swells or SW angles mixing with SE Trade wrap. It’s been pretty bad but rideable. Last, Sunday we saw another pulse of 16 sec SW getting us up to chest high but the very East Trades has made it chunky side shores.
Then this past week thanks to the above Taz source tracked east over the south Island of NZL getting to just off the east coast Monday the 21st Thus, we got more typical SSW energy Monday the 28th thru Wednesday the 30th. Some 1-2.5’(waist-chest) maybe 3’ at top spots/sets as buoys read 1.5’ swell at 15 sec.
Another low just SE of NZL rolls ENE Tuesday-Thursday added to the event and keeping surf in the same zone of up to shoulder high into Friday. It tries to hold but slowly fades over the weekend.
#1 A Taz Storm spawned Thursday the 24th into Saturday. WW3 says 1’ 15 sec Dec 1st only. This would mean 2’ surf. Not bad for December.

#2 The storm above is expected to just breach the east coast of NZL Monday the 27th Add a week and presto: more of the same small waist to chest SSW at 15 sec around Monday Dec 4th declining from Thursday. After this say goodbye for 2 weeks (Wed Dec7-21st). If anything pops we’ll print.

Trade Swell
It’s been solid 4’ all week (the past 2) with some higher sets off and on and it’s going to fade this weekend. This is due to the High N to NE tracking east. But prior the upstream trades have been up to 800 miles long and thus the longer 9-10 sec windswell. This is why even tho’ Trades backed down Friday we still had 4’ at Makapu’u. Watch for small windwaves for awhile or at least till next weekend of the 10th.

The Tropics
So far they’re nothing forecasted on Hawaii for the next week or so.


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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