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645am Obs Sunday 7/24 powered by Primo Beer

Moderate to gale force E winds filling (20-40mph) with stronger gusts. Overcast with isolated showers for Windward/ Mauka, Leeward and North. Tropical storm warning for Maui, Oahu & Kauai. High surf advisory for all East facing shores. Small craft Adv for all waters.

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

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North Shore:

Down and dropping on a 7 sec NE trade swell. Surf is 0-2' at most reef sections and poor conditions with early moderate winds. Sunset 0-2', Rockies Pt 0-2', Pipe is flat 0-1' Chuns 0-1', Laniakea 1-2', Haleiwa 0-1. Trades filling to gale force as tropical storm Darby approaches.
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West:

Holding on the small 14 sec SW energy. Makaha is 0-1 breaking inside the reef. Select focusing reef sections seeing larger sets 1-1.5'.
Early light to moderate trades and fairly clean with gray skies.
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Town:

Down and holding on the small 14 sec SW. Surf is 0-2' and inconsistent with extremely long waits between sets from Kewalos to Ala Moana to Kaisers. Fairly clean early with light to moderate offshore and heavy cloud cover.
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Diamond Head:

Down and holding on the 14 sec SW and 8 sec NE trade combo. Surf is a small 1-2' and inconsistent with crumbly walls and poor form from Right Hands, Cliffs to Lighthouse. Early moderate trades filling to gale force with TS Darby's Westward movement.
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Sandy's:

Down and dropping on the 8 sec ENE trade and minor 14 sec SSW pulse. Surf is 2-3' occ.+ from Full Pt - 1/2 point area, Pipe-littles 2-3+' from Middle Peaks-into the Chambers 2-3'; Strong side - onshore early with bump and overcast.
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East Makapu'u:

Down and dropping on the 7 sec ENE swell. Makapu'u is 3-4' with occ.+ sets and disorganized with waves breaking outside of Generals & moving across the bay. Surf is 3-4' at Keiki's. Strong onshore NE winds will increase to gale force as tropical storm Darby approaches. High surf advisory for all East facing shores.

Weather

Sunday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 87°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
23mph SE

Monday
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Temp
min:
78°F
max: 92°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
8mph 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:
18mph NE

Thursday
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Temp
min:
77°F
max: 90°F

Overcast

Wind:
23mph NE

Range:
20-40mph E-NE
Small craft advisory
Range:
5-10mph S

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

Range:
10-25mph NE
small craft advsry

North

Sunday
07/24
NE
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Dropping
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

Thursday
07/28
NE
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Holding

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West

Sunday
07/24
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Holding
1' 14 sec; fairly clean
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
Thursday
07/28
SW+SSW
Haw: 2-3 occ +
Face: 3-5 occ +
Rising
2.5' 15 sec SW
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South

Sunday
07/24
SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Holding
1.3' 14 sec; clean, clouds
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
Thursday
07/28
S-SW
Haw: 2-3+
Face: 3-5+
Rising
2.5' 15 sec
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east

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

Thursday
07/28
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Rising
7' 7 sec
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Current Swells:

Sunday   07/24
Primary: Dropping  E-NE  2-4' surf at 8 sec
Secondary: Holding  SW  1-2' surf at 14 sec
Third: Holding  E-NE  1' surf at 7 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Sunday   07/24
Tropical Storm warning for Maui, Oahu & Kauai. High surf advisory for East facing shores ...Small crft adv for All Hawaiian Waters.
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Sailing Report:

Sunday   07/24
Poor: NW winds 20-40kts from Darby
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Diving Report:

Sunday   07/24
Poor for North, poor for West, poor for South and poor (NO GO) for East ALL dives.

Oahu

SUNSET
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 0-1/2
Face: 0-1
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

ROCKY POINT
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

Pipeline
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

HALEIWA
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades strong-gales
poor

MAKAHA
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades strong-gales
fairly clean

ALA MOANA
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Trades strong-gales
fairly clean

Waikiki
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
ENE Trades moderate
rainy, stormy

Diamond Head
Sunday   07/24
COMBO
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades strong-gales
bumpy

Sandy Beach
Sunday   07/24
COMBO
Haw: 2-3 occ +
Face: 3-5 occ +
Trades strong-gales
bumpy

Makapuu
Sunday   07/24
E-NE
Haw: 3-4
Face: 5-7
East Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

Maui

Hookipa
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 2-4
Face: 3-7
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

Honolua
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

Kihei
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades strong-gales
rainy, stormy

Hana
Sunday   07/24
E-NE
Haw: 3-4+
Face: 5-7+
Trades strong-gales
choppy

Lahaina
Sunday   07/24
SW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades strong-gales
fairly clean

Kauai

Hanalei
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate-strong
fair

Majors
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 1 occ 2
Face: 1-2 occ 3
Trades moderate-strong
fairly clean

Poipu
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Trades moderate-strong
fair

Kapaa
Sunday   07/24
E-NE
Haw: 3-4+
Face: 5-7+
Trades moderate-strong
choppy

Big Island

Hamakua Coast
Sunday   07/24
E-NE
Haw: 3-5+
Face: 5-9+
Trades moderate-strong
choppy

Kohala
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 0-1/2
Face: 0-1
Trades moderate-strong
poor to fair

Kona
Sunday   07/24
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate-strong
rainy, stormy

Hilo
Sunday   07/24
NE
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Trades moderate-strong
choppy

Kau
Sunday   07/24
E-NE
Haw: 3-5
Face: 5-9
Trades fresh-strong
choppy

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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