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OBS 645am Wednesday Jan 18th. Powered by 'The Point' at Turtle Bay.

Scattered clouds with light ENE trades filling to 10-25 mph. High Surf Warnings for N shore and Advsry's for West shores in advance of arrival. Small Craft also for fresh Trades filling.

Small NW early BIG late, micro SSW and small ENE. Call the SNN Hotline 596-SURF 7a, 12p, 3p, 5p trend/recap.

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North Shore:

Rising midday on a BIG 18 sec WNW-NW. Down & dropping 11 sec NW. Surf is 2-3' or waist to head range and good conditions. Sunset Pt. is 2-3', Pipe is mostly 2'; Chuns 2-3', Laniakea 2.5' (clean); Ali'i Beach Park is 1-2+' . Clean early with light trades and scattered clouds. Fresh trades and 8-12' surf by late afternoon.
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West:

Rising ~midday on a BIG 18 sec WNW-NW (10' by sunset). Down & dropping NW swell. Makaha is 0-2' inside. Smooth early with light offshores coming and fairly clear.
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Town:

Down & dropping SSW. Surf is 0-1.5' with top sets in the thigh high; semi weak broken form from Kewalos to Courts, Bowls to Piles to Kaisers. Threes-Pops-Queens mostly 0-1.5' with early clean conditions w/ fresh off-shores later & scattered clouds.
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Diamond Head:

Down & dropping SSW. Surf is 1-2' but it's weak, peaky, choppy, poor hi tide cond. w/ early moderate ENE trades from Lighthouse to Right hands, Cliffs etc; scattered clouds.
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Sandy's:

Down & holding on the combo of tiny SSW and windswell. Surf is 1-2' max with most sets in the waist high range with fairly weak from Full Point through 1/2-point through Middle peaks to Gas Chambers. Bumpy with moderate ENE trades early filling 10-25 and partly cloudy.
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East Makapu'u:

Holding on the small 9 sec ENE. Surf is choppy 1-2' with top sets breaking inside the far left sand bar (alittle less for Keiki). 10-20+ onshores early and fairly cloudy.

Weather

Wednesday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 87°F

Clear

Wind:
18mph ENE

Thursday
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Temp
min:
73°F
max: 87°F

Overcast

Wind:
13mph ENE

Friday
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Temp
min:
72°F
max: 86°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
13mph NNE

Saturday
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Temp
min:
71°F
max: 81°F

Chance of Rain

Wind:
28mph NE

Sunday
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Temp
min:
72°F
max: 82°F

Partly Cloudy

Wind:
28mph ENE

Range:
10-25mph E-NE
Filling in toward midday
Range:
10-20mph E-NE

Range:
10-20mph NE

Range:
15-30mph NE

Range:
15-25+mph NE

North

Wednesday
01/18
W-NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Rising
Surf near 10' ~3pm; 8pm w/ near 18'; clean, broken clouds
Thursday
01/19
W-NW
Haw: 10-15+
Face: 15-25+
Dropping
11' 16s
Friday
01/20
W-NW
Haw: 6-10
Face: 10-18
Rising
12' afternoon
Saturday
01/21
W-NW
Haw: 6-8+
Face: 10-15+
Rising
7' 14s
Sunday
01/22
NNW+NNE
Haw: 3-5+
Face: 5-9+
Rising

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West

Wednesday
01/18
W-NW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Rising
smooth, clear; Building 2nd half of day, 12' near 8pm
Thursday
01/19
W-NW
Haw: 8-12
Face: 14-20
Dropping

Friday
01/20
W-NW
Haw: 6-8+
Face: 10-15+
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

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South

Wednesday
01/18
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Holding
2' 11 sec; clean, fairly clear
Thursday
01/19
S-SW
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Holding
small isoalted WNW wrap
Friday
01/20
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Holding

Saturday
01/21
SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Rising

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

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east

Wednesday
01/18
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Rising
3' 9 sec; light chop, broken clouds
Thursday
01/19
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Holding

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

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Current Swells:

Wednesday   01/18
Primary: Rising Later  W-NW  10' surf at 18 sec ~3pm
Secondary: Dropping  NW  3' surf at 12 sec
Third: Holding  E-NE  2' surf at 9 sec
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Marine Warnings:

Wednesday   01/18
High Surf Warnings for all N shore before Noon lasting through Thursday; small craft for channels of Maui and Big I
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Sailing Report:

Wednesday   01/18
Good for all shores as light trades fill 10-25 ENE
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Diving Report:

Wednesday   01/18
Fair-good for deeper North early in day then poor second half, good for West facing shores frist half only, good for South, good for most East dive spots

Oahu

SUNSET
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Trades light
good
12' late afternoon
ROCKY POINT
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 2-3
Face: 3-5
Trades light
good
12' late afternoon
Pipeline
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades light
smooth
12' late afternoon
HALEIWA
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades light
smooth
10' late afternoon
MAKAHA
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades light
good
8+' late afternoon
ALA MOANA
Wednesday   01/18
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Trades light
good

Waikiki
Wednesday   01/18
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Trades light
good

Diamond Head
Wednesday   01/18
S-SW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades light
fair

Sandy Beach
Wednesday   01/18
ENE+SSW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
fair

Makapuu
Wednesday   01/18
E
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
bumpy

Maui

Hookipa
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 0-2
Face: 0-3
Trades light-moderate
fair to good
5' later afternoon
Honolua
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades light-moderate
smooth
2' late
Kihei
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades moderate
good
2' evening
Hana
Wednesday   01/18
E-NE
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades moderate
bumpy

Lahaina
Wednesday   01/18
S-SW
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades light
smooth

Kauai

Hanalei
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades light
smooth
12' late afternoon
Majors
Wednesday   01/18
NW
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades light
smooth am...mushy pm
10' afternoon
Poipu
Wednesday   01/18
S-SW
Haw: 0-1.5
Face: 0-2
Trades light
good

Kapaa
Wednesday   01/18
E-NE
Haw: 1-2
Face: 1-3
Trades moderate
bumpy

Big Island

Hamakua Coast
Wednesday   01/18
ENE+N
Haw: 1-2+
Face: 1-3+
Trades moderate
bumpy

Kohala
Wednesday   01/18
COMBO
Haw: 0
Face: 0
Trades light
smooth

Kona
Wednesday   01/18
COMBO
Haw: 0-1
Face: 0-1.5
Trades light
clean
3' WNW evening
Hilo
Wednesday   01/18
E-NE
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades light
slightly bumpy

Kau
Wednesday   01/18
COMBO
Haw: 1-2 occ +
Face: 1-3 occ +
Trades moderate
fair

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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