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645am OBS Saturday 4/30 brought to you by Schaper Surfboards

Clearing for Leeward (cloudy windward/mauka) with light to moderate trades.

BIG PICTURE Link Updated Sat. Tiny NW + small S-SSW & moderate trade swell. Call the SNN Hotline 596-SURF.

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North Shore:

Down and holding on a short 11 sec NW with Sunset Pt hitting 2-3'+, Pipe 2-3', Ehukai area maybe 1-2 with Chuns 2-3' (crowded) to Laniakea 2-3' with good, clean offshores & fairly cloudy.
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West:

Holding S-SSW + Down on NW. Makaha with 1-3' sets on the inside, behind reef w/ offshores & fairly clear.
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Town:

Holding the 12 sec SSW. Surfs fun with 1-2' occ+ sets and good shape for top reefs like Bowls (States is ON thru Saturday), Kewalos. Surf's 1-2' mostly at Queens/Canoes with fair side-off texture; moderate E trades with fairly clear.
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Diamond Head:

Holding on a 12 sec SSW + 9 sec Windswell. Dawn has 1-2' occ.+ with blustery 10-20mph sideshores creating bump at Right hands/Cliffs/Lite House...fairly cloudy.
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Sandy's:

Holding on a 9 sec Trade swell. Holding the SSW pulse at 1-2' sets + out in front of the Lifeguards, 3' from Full Pt - 1/2 point, 3' steel at Gas Chambers.
Moderate 10-25mph bumpy sideshore East Trades and partly cloudy.
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East Makapu'u:

Holding on a 9 sec Wind swell at 1-2'+ at Makapu'u breaking outside on left and 1-2' at Keiki's & typical choppy onshore from brisk East trades & mostly cloudy.

Weather

Saturday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 86°F

Clear

Wind:
18mph ENE

Sunday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 87°F

Clear

Wind:
23mph ENE

Monday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 85°F

Clear

Wind:
23mph ENE

Tuesday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 85°F

Clear

Wind:
23mph ENE

Wednesday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 86°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
23mph ENE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE

Range:
5-10mph E-SE

North

Sunday
05/01
NW
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Rising
5' 12 sec
Monday
05/02
NW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Dropping
4' 10 sec
Tuesday
05/03
NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Dropping
3' 9 sec
Wednesday
05/04
W-NW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Rising
3' surf 2pm; 16 sec
Thursday
05/05
W-NW
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Rising
4' 15 sec
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West

Sunday
05/01
NW SSW
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Rising

Monday
05/02
COMBO
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Dropping

Tuesday
05/03
COMBO
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Holding

Wednesday
05/04
NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Rising Later

Thursday
05/05
COMBO
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Rising
WNW+S
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South

Sunday
05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Rising
1.5' 18 sec SSE + 3' 16 sec later
Monday
05/02
S-SW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Holding
3' 15s
Tuesday
05/03
S-SW
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Dropping Slowly
3' 14s
Wednesday
05/04
S-SW
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Dropping Slowly
1' 22 sec 11pm
Thursday
05/05
S-SW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Rising
1' 16 sec
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east

Sunday
05/01
E-NE
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Holding

Monday
05/02
E-NE
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Holding

Tuesday
05/03
E-NE
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Holding

Wednesday
05/04
E-NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding

Thursday
05/05
E-NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding

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Current Swells:

Sunday   05/01
Primary: Rising  NW  3-5' surf at 14 sec
Secondary: Holding  SSE+SSW  2-3' surf at 14-18 sec
Third: Holding  E  1-2+ surf at 8 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Sunday   05/01
Small Craft Adv for Channels East of Molokai
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Sailing Report:

Sunday   05/01
Good for all shores with 10-20+ mph E trades (Lighter in AM)
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Diving Report:

Sunday   05/01
Fair for deep north, fair- good for west shores. Fair for deeper south shores, fair for select East . Shallow water surges.

Oahu

SUNSET
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
East Trades moderate-fresh
good

ROCKY POINT
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 2-4+
Face: 3-7+
ENE Trades moderate
good

Pipeline
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 2-4+
Face: 3-7+
East Trades moderate-fresh
good

HALEIWA
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 2-4+
Face: 3-7+
ENE Trades moderate
good

MAKAHA
Sunday   05/01
NW SSW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
ENE Trades moderate
smooth

ALA MOANA
Sunday   05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
East Trades moderate-fresh
fair to good

Waikiki
Sunday   05/01
S-SW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
East Trades moderate-fresh
good

Diamond Head
Sunday   05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
East Trades moderate-fresh
bumpy

Sandy Beach
Sunday   05/01
COMBO
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
East Trades moderate-fresh
bumpy
new SSE
Makapuu
Sunday   05/01
E
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
East Trades moderate-fresh
choppy

Maui

Hookipa
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades moderate-fresh
bumpy

Honolua
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Trades moderate-fresh
fair to good

Kihei
Sunday   05/01
COMBO
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate-fresh
smooth

Hana
Sunday   05/01
E
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades moderate-fresh
choppy

Lahaina
Sunday   05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Trades moderate
good

Kauai

Hanalei
Sunday   05/01
NW
Haw: 2-4+
Face: 3-7+
Trades moderate-fresh
good

Majors
Sunday   05/01
NW SSW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Trades moderate-fresh
good

Poipu
Sunday   05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Trades moderate-fresh
fair to good

Kapaa
Sunday   05/01
E
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades moderate-fresh
choppy

Big Island

Kohala
Sunday   05/01
COMBO
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate-fresh
diving , paddling and fishin'

Kona
Sunday   05/01
SSE+SSW
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades moderate-fresh
smooth

Hilo
Sunday   05/01
E
Haw: 1-3
Face: 2-5
Trades moderate-fresh
bumpy

Kau
Sunday   05/01
ENE+S
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Trades moderate-fresh
bumpy
+ SSE

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 4/30/16

Quick-look…Fun spring time 2-3+ NW for Saturday eases as next NW pulse reaches 5’ Sunday. There are small 4 episodes through May 15th. Not bad at all.

NPAC:
The Jet is too bad for end of April. There’s an up and down flow from Japan to just North of us. This closer jet area has the most troughing as it points SE at Hawaii. There’s a ton of High pressure off to our NE keeping East angled trade this past week and into Monday. A new High refreshens the trades Sunday on. This new high weakens the Jet and pushes it north next week however, there are troughs allowing for the spawning of more Lows keeping NW shores very doable. Then by Friday the 8th we don’t look great for long range trends (2 week out) as Highs dominate and the Jet moves far north and weakens.

Recent-current: Friday some 13 sec NW surf ramped to 3’ from a gale Low 2000 miles away beginning of last week. Saturday got up to 4’ for highest refracting reefs from this Lows NE track which marched to about 1500 miles away.

Next: A 14 sec NNW should bump Sunday to 3-5’ by 9am. It comes by a stronger storm Thursday the 18th to our NNW which was only 1000 miles off. The closer the Low the higher the surf in general due to less swell decay. Trades will ramp due to new High moving east of the dateline.

Next #2: Long period 16-18 sec NW fills Wednesday the 6th from a 45-55kt occluding Low near Hokkaido (N Japan). It slowing tracks NE then East to over 2000 miles away as it fades. This one’s going to last thanks to a long lasting fetch. Surf should reach 4 maybe 5’ for the Wed. evening sesh and hold at 3-5’ Thursday before fading about a foot a day.

Next #3: A new gale Low pops on the dateline this Wed the 4th about 1200 miles away. It tracks east and broadens as the winds weaken to 30-35kts. The fetch is wide which helps seas growth. Look for a short 11 sec NW building Saturday the 7th up to 4-6’ and holding Sunday at the same double overhead cat. It goes fast from late Monday. It is here we go into a long lasting lull.


SPAC:

The Jet has recently been getting more active with greater meridional or N to S flows which steers the storms in our direction. In fact it’s straight north this weekend right off NZL’s east coast. There’s a long fetch set up for a great SSW a week away. We go weak the rest of the work week. But it deepens again this Friday the 6th but its zonal or west to east. Saturday it starts bending NE off NZL. Models hint of a lows formation.

Recent and current: it’s been fun but small 13-15 sec SW-SSW-SSE swells the past 2 weeks thanks to an ongoing series fetches down under. All the swells tho’ have been mostly 3’ or very average. There have been few 4’ days warming us up. Fresh East winds have made for side off shores.

Next #1: A solid 16 sec SSW is going to rise 2-4’ (top reefs) by midday Sunday and last long. The storm spun down under with a wide but weakening fetch into Tuesday. Surf will be good into Wednesday as the periods drop to 12-14 sec. It was a big Low with strong 45kt gales last Sunday the 24th. A degree of the fetch points off to our east. So many spots may max at 3’.

Next #2: By Friday down under 40-55kt Low far SE of NZL tracks North with a following fetch. Watch for a rise Friday the 7th to 2-4’ from the 16 sec SSW esp by midday and last through Monday the 11th.

Windward: Average 1-3+’ from strong East trades the past couple weeks. Watch for windswell to ramp this Monday due to the new High moving in from the East. w/ Minor downward variations into next weekend.

Tropics:
Nothing at over this 7 day forecast period.










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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