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OBS 6am predawn Thursday Jan 19th. Powered by 'The Point' at Turtle Bay.

Scattered clouds with light ENE trades filling to 10-20 mph. High Surf Warnings for N shore and Advsry's for West shores. Small Craft due to 10' open ocean swell.

BIG NW peaked last night, micro SSW and small ENE. BOX Jelly's through Saturday for town. Call the SNN Hotline 596-SURF 7a, 12p, 3p, 5p trend/recap.

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North Shore:

Up but dropping slowly on the BIG 17 sec WNW-NW (310). Surf is 8-12' occ near 15' and good light offshores. Sunset Pt. is sometimes too big Pipe is 10-12' occ higher for the event; Chuns-Jockos mostly closed out, Laniakea maybe inside corner. Ali'i Beach Park 8-10' solid. Too much water for most spots early with light trades and broken clouds.
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West:

Up & dropping slowly NW. Makaha is 6-8' with occ 10' bombs out the back (Point to Bowl). Smooth early with light offshores coming and fairly clear.
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Town:

Isolated Wrap coming later to maybe 3'. Wont be as big as last one. Down & dropping SSW. Surf is clean 1-2' or waist high from Kewalos to Courts, Bowls to Piles to Kaisers. Threes-Pops-Queens mostly 1-2' with smooth lite off-shores & scattered clouds.
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Diamond Head:

Isolated Wrap coming later to maybe 3'. Down & dropping SSW. Surf is 1-2' WNW and trace SSW and much better than yesterday, longer lines and side off ENE trades from Lighthouse to Right hands, Cliffs etc; scattered clouds.
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Sandy's:

Holding on the combo of tiny SSW and windswell. Surf is 1-2' with most sets in the waist high range from Full Point through 1/2-point through Middle peaks to Gas Chambers. Bumpy with moderate ENE trades early filling 10-20 and partly cloudy.
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East Makapu'u:

Holding on the small 9 sec ENE. Surf is choppy 1-2' maybe 2.5' or chest high off and on with top sets breaking mostly inside left sand bar (a little less for Keiki). 10-20 onshore bump early and fairly cloudy.

Weather

Thursday
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Temp
min:
71°F
max: 85°F

Mostly Cloudy

Wind:
13mph ENE

Friday
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Temp
min:
72°F
max: 86°F

Overcast

Wind:
13mph NNE

Saturday
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Temp
min:
71°F
max: 82°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
28mph NE

Sunday
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Temp
min:
72°F
max: 83°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
28mph ENE

Monday
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Temp
min:
69°F
max: 88°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
8mph NNE

Range:
10-20mph E-NE

Range:
10-20mph NE

Range:
15-30mph NE

Range:
15-30mph NE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE
dropping

North

Thursday
01/19
NW
Haw: 10-12 occ 15
Face: 15-20 occ 25’
Dropping
11' 16s
Friday
01/20
NW
Haw: 6-8+
Face: 10-15+
Rising Later
10' afternoon
Saturday
01/21
NW
Haw: 5-7
Face: 8-12
Dropping
7' 12s
Sunday
01/22
NNW+NNE
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Rising
side onshore chop
Monday
01/23
N-NE
Haw: 2-3 occ 4
Face: 3-5 occ 7
Dropping

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West

Thursday
01/19
NW
Haw: 8-10+
Face: 12-18+
Dropping
smooth, clear
Friday
01/20
NW
Haw: 5-7
Face: 8-12
Dropping Slowly

Saturday
01/21
W-NW
Haw: 5-8
Face: 8-14
Rising

Sunday
01/22
NNW+NNE
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Rising

Monday
01/23
NW
Haw: 3-5+
Face: 5-9+
Rising

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South

Thursday
01/19
W-NW
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Rising
clean, clear; small isolated WNW wrap
Friday
01/20
W-NW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Dropping

Saturday
01/21
SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Rising

Sunday
01/22
SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Holding

Monday
01/23
SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Dropping

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east

Thursday
01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Holding
3' 9 sec; light chop, broken clouds
Friday
01/20
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Rising Later

Saturday
01/21
E-NE
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Rising
very choppy
Sunday
01/22
E-NE
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Holding

Monday
01/23
E-NE
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Dropping

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Current Swells:

Thursday   01/19
Primary: Dropping Slowly  NW  10-12' almost 15' surf at 16 sec
Secondary: Dropping  W-SW  2' surf at 16 sec
Third: Holding  E-NE  2' surf at 9 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Thursday   01/19
High Surf Warnings for N shores through Thursday noon; small craft for channels due to large open ocean swell
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Sailing Report:

Thursday   01/19
Good for all shores as light trades fill 10-20 ENE
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Diving Report:

Thursday   01/19
Poor and dangerous for North, West facing shores, good for South, fair-good for select East dives

Oahu

SUNSET
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 10-12+
Face: 15-20+
Trades light-moderate
good

ROCKY POINT
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 8-12+
Face: 14-20+
Trades light-moderate
good

Pipeline
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 10-12+
Face: 15-20+
Trades light-moderate
smooth

HALEIWA
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 8-10+
Face: 12-18+
Trades light-moderate
smooth

MAKAHA
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 6-8 occ 10
Face: 10-15 occ 18
Trades light
good

ALA MOANA
Thursday   01/19
W
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades light
good

Waikiki
Thursday   01/19
W
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades light
good

Diamond Head
Thursday   01/19
W
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades light
slightly bumpy
WNW wrap
Sandy Beach
Thursday   01/19
ENE+SSW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
fair

Makapuu
Thursday   01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
bumpy

Maui

Hookipa
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 8-10+
Face: 12-18+
Trades light-moderate
fair to good
Peahi 15' plus
Honolua
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 4-6+
Face: 6-10+
Trades light-moderate
smooth

Kihei
Thursday   01/19
W-NW
Haw: 1-2 occ 3
Face: 2-4 occ 5
Trades light-moderate
good

Hana
Thursday   01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades moderate
bumpy

Lahaina
Thursday   01/19
COMBO
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades light
smooth

Kauai

Hanalei
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 8-12+
Face: 14-20+
Trades light
smooth

Majors
Thursday   01/19
NW
Haw: 8-10 occ +
Face: 12-18 occ +
Trades light-moderate
smooth am...mushy pm

Poipu
Thursday   01/19
W
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades light-moderate
good
isolated WNW Wrap
Kapaa
Thursday   01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
bumpy

Big Island

Hamakua Coast
Thursday   01/19
COMBO
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Trades moderate
bumpy
some 5' WNW wrap
Kohala
Thursday   01/19
W-NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades light
smooth

Kona
Thursday   01/19
W
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Trades light
clean

Hilo
Thursday   01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades light
slightly bumpy

Kau
Thursday   01/19
COMBO
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Trades moderate
fair
South Point 5' WNW wrap

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 Friday 1/13/17

NPAC

The Jet is long low and consolidated off Japan and ends up reaching all the way to the west coast over the next week. Thus, plenty BIG surf in the forecast.

Recent: The gorgeous 15 sec NW on Thursday up to near 10’ at Sunset and 8’ at Pipe from a compact ENE tracking Low on the dateline last Monday-Tuesday. It had 40-50kt pockets and 20+ seas. We ramped first 4 hours as dawn was considerably smaller. Conditions were epic with variables to SE. Some seabreeze did kick in but Da Hui Shootout still scored.

#2 A much bigger WNW (290-310) is building all day Friday peaking near 20’ around 8pm after dark. A Low off Japan was spawning Sunday the 6th and really grew by Monday-Tuesday with some 55-65kts and 30’ seas nearly 2500 miles out. The center tracked ENE for a spell but it produced a broad fetch. As the system elongated there was some captured fetch into Wednesday that nosed closer to us tho’ winds were weaker. 22 sec forerunners ‘popped’ on Waimea around 5pm. With more 20 sec reading in the morning about 8am. Around noonish surf should really ramp dangerously fast with 18 sec of 6+’ swell building to over 12’ ‘swell’ after dark. Surf could crack outer reefs by noon pending shadowing. A 6’ 18 sec open ocean swell can easily refract and shoal 10’ even 12’ surf at Sunset and Pipe. Lotsa water will be spilling over, outracing Thursdays declining episode. The limiting and confounding factor will be the degree of shadowing from Ni’ihau and Kauai which block from up to 294 degrees. Best to error on the overcall since danger is higher on swells of this magnitude. The long fetch means we’ll have a longer than normal event with surf cranking 15+’ Saturday dawn. Wrap should make it to town’s select reefs.

#3 This Sunday the 15th yet another ‘large and in charge’ storm moves east off Japan in the same region as the prior fatty. It’s another Super west with near hurricance force and 30+ seas moving our way. It’s spreads in wings about 1000 miles around reaching the dateline Monday. Tuesday it tightens up as it reaches 170 longitude or under 1200 away. The track is fast and by Thursday its half way to the NW coast. Still, WW3 predicts a building warning level WNW Wed the 18th into Thursday in the 12-18’ range again. Its early for confidence but not too early for a big heads up. None of these 2 WNW swells are near big enough nor peaking properly for the Eddie Aikau.

SPAC
The Jet down under has been useful as of the last couple weeks, troughs pointing our way for out of season SSW’s. The last one reached 4’ solid. The Taz sea has seen the most energy in the Jet but some flow has been getting out beyond. In fact, the next ‘meridional’ flow (opposite of zonal or west to east) happens Friday the 13th for a short time.

Recently (1&2): what a fun out of season run of SW to SSW events…esp with the light winds (not including seabreezes). The recent above average run came from 2 sources. One was south of us early January and the other was off the east coast of NZL for a SSW. We still had solid 3’ Thursday even plus’ but both is fading. Surf goes into hiding next week until a large but zonal Low is moving fast across the Taz this weekend into Monday. Don’t expect much as the track is not good. The storm was large and powerful so we can look for 1’ open swell at 18 sec the weekend of the 21-22nd. This means 2’ surf for us.

Trade Swell
Wind swell has been minimal or 2’ average from upstream trades. Local Trades won’t be back till Tuesday and for sure by Wednesday we’ll be back to the usual 10-20+.

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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