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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of Diamond Head Surfboards

Your exclusive Observations for Wednesday April 23 at 630am update

Partly Cloudy (50% leeward and 80% Windward) and ENE Trades filling 15-30mph. Small Craft Advrys for all HI Waters. Minus Low at 7am pushes to a 1.2' High tide 130pm dropping out to 0.2 at 630pm.

NORTH: Up and holding on a new 14 second NW at 5-7' at Sunset, 4-6' at Rocky's and Pipe; Chuns has 3-5' and fair to good offshore texture so far as ENE trades have yet to fill.
West: Makaha is up and holding on the NW swell plus hint of South; it's mostly 2-4' with likely higher sets off and on; smooth offshores and stiffer later. Town: Ala Moana, Kaisers, etc. down and dropping a hair on the 11 second S-SSW/SSE swell 0-1-2' and smoother early with gusty offshores later. Diamond Head: Holding on the S+SSE at 1-2.5' (solid shoulder high on some take offs combo peaks) and gusty sideshore trade chop as usual esp in Spring. Sandy's:  Holding on ENE tradeswell + South at 2-3'  at Half Pt etc but focusing the best  from 1/2 Point to Generals to Gas Chambers on the right side; hollow; moderate to strong side offshores ENE winds.  East: Makapu'u:  Holding on the ENE trade swell at 2-3' and the typical disorganized and choppy with 15-25mph ENE trades. But it should improve/line up better as the day goes on.

Events etc
:  Congrads to Carissa Moore (her 2nd win) and Mick Fanning (his 3rd win)! Winners of the 2014   RipCurl Pro.   GO HERE

Quote of the Week...."it was scary to come up against those Kelly (Slater) and Gabriel (Medina),”  “I got that first wave and forgot about the nerves. I took off, I saw the section coming and just flew to the air, the wind caught and spun me around perfectly". John John Florence on his perfect 10 from Sunday's heat in the 4th round.

Wake up call from Sandy's at 630am Wednesday. 3' sweet and solid. Mahalo Eric!

Update on BIG PICTURE HERE

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Surf Report

Surf

North
Thu '04/24'
Holding - NW
HAW: 5-7
FACE: 6-12
Fri '04/25'
Dropping - NW
HAW: 3-5+
FACE: 5-8+
13 seconds
Sat '04/26'
Holding - NW
HAW: 2-4
FACE: 3-7
slight reinforcemnt
Sun '04/27'
Rising Later - NW
HAW: 2-3
FACE: 3-5
4' 12 sec swell 5pm
Mon '04/28'
Dropping - NW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Haleiwa
Thu '04/24'
Time
Ht.
H 11:06 PM 1.3 ft.
L 4:53 AM -0.2 ft.
H 12:16 PM 1 ft.
L 4:53 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Fri '04/25'
Time
Ht.
H 11:57 PM 1.2 ft.
L 5:27 AM -0.2 ft.
H 1:01 PM 1.2 ft.
L 5:56 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Sat '04/26'
Time
Ht.
H 12:44 AM 1.1 ft.
L 5:59 AM -0.3 ft.
H 1:42 PM 1.4 ft.
L 6:53 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Sun '04/27'
Time
Ht.
H 1:26 AM 1 ft.
L 6:30 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:21 PM 1.5 ft.
L 7:45 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Mon '04/28'
Time
Ht.
H 2:07 AM 0.9 ft.
L 7:01 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:59 PM 1.6 ft.
L 8:35 PM 0 ft.
Sunrise: 6:01 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM

West
Holding - NW
HAW: 2-4+
FACE: 3-7+
Dropping - NW
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
Holding - NW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Rising Later - NW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Dropping - NW
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3

South
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Dropping - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Honolulu Harbor
Thu '04/24'
Time
Ht.
H 12:08 AM 1.6 ft.
L 6:58 AM -0.2 ft.
H 1:18 PM 1.3 ft.
L 6:58 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Fri '04/25'
Time
Ht.
H 12:59 AM 1.5 ft.
L 7:32 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:03 PM 1.5 ft.
L 8:01 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Sat '04/26'
Time
Ht.
H 1:46 AM 1.4 ft.
L 8:04 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:44 PM 1.8 ft.
L 8:58 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Sun '04/27'
Time
Ht.
H 2:28 AM 1.3 ft.
L 8:35 AM -0.3 ft.
H 3:23 PM 1.9 ft.
L 9:50 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Mon '04/28'
Time
Ht.
H 3:09 AM 1.1 ft.
L 9:06 AM -0.3 ft.
H 4:01 PM 2 ft.
L 10:40 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:01 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM

East
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 2-3
FACE: 3-5
Rising - E-NE
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5

Winds
Hawaii
Thu '04/24'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 15-30
small craft
Fri '04/25'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 15-30
Sat '04/26'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
Sun '04/27'
NE NE
Mph: 10-20
passing front
Mon '04/28'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20+
easing

Current Swells

Thu '04/24'
Primary : NW / Holding , 5-7'
Secondary : E-NE / Holding , 2-3'
Third : SSE+SSW / Dropping , 1-2'

Marine Warnings

Thu '04/24'
Hawaii : Small craft advisories for all waters.

Sailing Report

Thu '04/24'
Hawaii : Good with moderate to strong and gusty E-NE trades filling to 15-30mph

Diving Report

Thu '04/24'
Hawaii : Poor for North and poor for east. Fair to good for deep down West and good for south.

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset NW 5- to 7-feet Overhead to 2 ft. Double Overhd STRONG TRADES good

Oahu - Pipeline NW 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES fairly clean sand an issue

Oahu - Rocky Point NW 4- to 6-feet 1-2 ft. Overhead to Double Overhead STRONG TRADES good

Oahu - Haleiwa NW 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Makaha NW 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES good

Oahu - Ala Moana SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES fair to good Lulls

Oahu - Waikiki SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Diamond Head SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head STRONG TRADES fair

Oahu - Sandy Beach ENE+S 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head STRONG TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES choppy

Maui

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Maui - North-Hookipa area COMBO 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head STRONG TRADES wind blown conditons

Maui - Upper West - Honolua COMBO 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES fair to good

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina COMBO Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist STRONG TRADES smooth

Maui - South - Kihei COMBO Flat 0 to Flat STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES sloppy and choppy

Kauai

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Kauai - North - Hanalei NW 3- to 5-feet Shoulder to 3-4 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES fair to good

Kauai - West - Majors COMBO 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES fair to good

Kauai - South - Poipu SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES semi-clean

Kauai - East - Kapaa E-NE 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES choppy

Big Island

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Big Isl. - North - Hamakua Coast COMBO 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES wind blown conditons

Big Isl. - North West - Kohala COMBO Flat 0 to Flat STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Big Isl. - South West - Kona Coast S-SW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist STRONG TRADES Offshore

Big Isl. - East - Hilo Coast E-NE 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head STRONG TRADES slightly bumpy choppier later

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES wind blown conditons

THE WHERE, WHEN & WHY OF HAWAII’S WAVES & WEATHER: A VIDEO PRESENTATION BY SNN

Winds Statewide in a glance ...just go HERE(this link is also the 4th drop down under weather)

Apr 24, 2014 4:00 AM HST

Synopsis
Breezy and gusty trade winds will strengthen gradually into Friday, and then diminish from Sunday into next week. A moister air mass will bring more showers around Friday, but otherwise rainfall will be light, and focused mainly over windward slopes, though the wind will carry some showers leeward before they dissipate.

Discussion
Surface observations around the main Hawaiian islands reported moderate trade winds blowing, while pressure trends suggested little change through the short run. Cloud cover upwind of the state was fairly typical overall, with an arc of more extensive low clouds affecting mainly Kauai, but spreading south toward Oahu and Maui county. Most precipitation over land remained limited to windward slopes, where it received support from orographic forcing. Three-hour accumulation followed the cloud trends.

Aloft, weak troughing to the southwest moved further away from the islands, while broad ridging expanded over the state from the north northwest. Guidance predicted this mid-level ridge to persist through about Saturday, providing substantial support to the subtropical ridge at the surface to the northeast. Increasing wind speeds may approach the criterion for a wind advisory around Friday. Local stability also should build with time, but the full influence of the ridge had not yet begun to take effect, leaving the inversion higher than usual for the time being.

Dry trade-wind conditions will prevail through most of the forecast period. However, orographic forcing will continue to squeeze out at least a little rain over windward slopes, especially from Friday into Friday night, when most solutions predicted a somewhat moister air mass to pass.

From late Sunday into the early part of next week, the ridge aloft will shift quite far east, limiting its influence locally. Some models hinted that the old mid-level low may return from the west as an open, if shallow, trough on a broader and deeper trough approaching from the north northwest. This late in the season, the deeper trough will be very unlikely to have much local effect, but the shallower one may be able to weaken the subtropical ridge, and thus the trade winds, through this period. By the time that the surface front associated with the deeper trough arrives around Wednesday, it should be limited to little more than a slight wind shift, and a bit of converged moisture supporting the windward showers.

More typical trade-wind conditions will return through the second half of next week as another mid-level ridge builds in from the west.

Marine
A small craft advisory /sca/ remained in effect for all waters in anticipation of strengthening winds and building combined seas through Friday afternoon, but may be reduced in area to the typically windy waters around the Big Island and Maui on Saturday night or Sunday. The northeasterly winds will reach their minimum speeds late Sunday or Monday, and then increase again by the middle of next week.

The persistent trade winds will build seas, producing rough surf near the advisory level along east-facing shores by Friday. The increasing seas also will contribute to the need for an expanded SCA. Seas will diminish with the winds late Saturday and Sunday.

A northwest swell that build overnight will produce significant wave heights just below the north-shore advisory criterion on the smaller islands today. The swell will drop Friday and Saturday, but a small reinforcing northwest swell may arrive late Sunday into Tuesday.

South-facing shores have been receiving some swell energy from the southwest. This swell will fade on Friday, but small swell from the south southeast may arrive over the weekend.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories
Small craft advisory until 6 pm HST Friday for all Hawaiian waters,.

 

BIG SURF PICTURE 4/12/14 Saturday update

The Jet has a 150mph trough inbetween Japan and HI at 30-40N latitude or 600-1200 miles north of us. There's lotsa of broad weak Jet winds from the dateline to over Hawaii thus the wetter weather. A strong High bounces the Jet up and over HI Sunday into next week. Also a new trough moves our way of Japan again Monday allowing for slight potential for continued storm development. By Friday the 18th its very weak tho' extended across the NPAC to the west coast. Hinting of a long term quite period.

Currently, we have a nice sized high surf advsry level 15 second NW reaching heights of solid 8' or triple overhead for Pipe and Sunset. Winds are NE sideshore but hey its got power. The source of Saturday's peaking event was a broad gale near the Kurils last Sunday moving east making for 28' seas. This swell will drop a lot to about 3-4' maybe 5' Sunday morning.

Next: A Low pops on the charts Friday 4/11 near the Kurils Is again but this ones smaller and farther away (2200 miles). Winds are stronger but wont make up for the afore mentioned factors. She'll build Wed nite the 16th peaking 5-7' Thursday from the WNW.

Last: The Jet goes zonal mid April with quick eastbound Lows bring short lived smaller spring like/small NNW surf next Saturday. Keep you posted. Better shot of NW possible on Thursday the 24th.

Long range models love to fantasize. Meaning they run 'hot' making promises they can't always keep.

(See HERE)

SPAC: The Jet is weak and zonal or west to east from Sat to Wed. the 16th when a weak NE flow shows esp by Friday-Sunday. The main push for swell will move out of our window. 

Currently: Distant past sources make for background 14 seconds with just 1' swell...this leads to 2' surf for most spots thru next weekend. Below average.

Next: If long range outlook stands the test of time we'll get a 2' SSW Thursday the 24th from a marginal NE bound Low Thursday the 17th.

Last: Friday the 18th shows a large Low far south of Tahiti ramping to 35' seas by Saturday as it tracks ENE out of our window; maybe some long period 2-3' sideband SSE surf Saturday the 26th.

East Shores:

The Windward side see’s small 2' ENE wind swell at 8 seconds ramping to 2-4' this weekend esp Sunday into Monday the 14th from increasing trades from the building strong High. Chance of high surf advsy surf. Model hint of Trade fetch weakening Tuesday thus a weakeing windwave swell esp by Wednesday. Typical spring.

FETCH: Often called the fetch length, is a term for the length of water or distance over which a given wind direction has blown. Fetch length along with the wind speed (or strength) determines the size of waves produced. The longer the fetch length and the faster the wind speed, the larger and stronger the wave will be and vice versa.
CAPTURED or FOLLOWING FETCH: Not only does the fetch length determine the power and energy of the wave. Additionally, if the winds/fetch are blowing in the same direction as during the wave's or storm's lifetime, the wave will in turn be even stronger. The fetch is related to the orbit of the wave and track of the storm.The longer the wind drags along the sea the more energy the wave will have. This can be seen not just in vertical height measurement but in wave period (the measurement of waves through time).
WAVES PERIOD:Time, in seconds, between the passage of consecutive wave crests past a fixed point. In general the longer the period the bigger the wave. Windswell or 'close interval' swells are under 10 seconds. Big 'ground swells' are 17-20+ seconds (note: a 20+ second swell needs storm force 50+kt winds blowing over a 1500 mile fetch to be fully developed' into 20-25' beasts; these 20 second waves can be felt 1000 feet down!). This is why they jack so much more, pulling large amounts of H2O off the outer reefs.

More generic marine definitions click this link  http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/marinedef.php

....All surf height observations and forecasts are for the full face surf height, from the trough to the crest of the wave.

Advisory and Warning Criteria
LocationAdvisoryWarning
North-Facing Shores 15 Feet (8') 25 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Big Island 8 Feet (4'+) 12 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Remaining Islands 12 Feet (7') 20 Feet
South-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
East-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
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