Today’s Weather: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Summary: NWS says; Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. We say; Surf expected to be 2ft today.  The actual wind (at Kanaha) should be stronger, we think that it will be averaging 20+ mph, reaching the mid 20’s in the afternoon with stronger gusts. Winds today should be more side-shore and easterly than yesterday, afternoon could be cloudy. (But probably the wind will blow strong as usual!!).

Father & Son Kiteboarding Together. Photo David Dorn

Weather Map: Map shows a large 1033 mb High in the northeastern Pacific, The center of which is directly North of us.  The orientation density and curve of the Isobars locally indicate that the wind will be a bit stronger and that the underlying trade-wind might be more easterly than yesterday. “Tropical Storm Eugene” (TS) in the far eastern Pacific, with has weakened into a Tropical Depression (TD) with winds 30 gusting to 40 knots.


Wind Forecast: Winds are forecast to be 13-15 mph today from the NE.  Which is a bit Less than yesterday’s forecast. Some Partially Cloudy Skies with some small visible Rain showers on the Radar, and the chance of precipitation in the afternoon. Surf is expected to be about 2ft from the NE today.  Editor’s Note: The actual wind (at Kanaha) will likely be stronger at 20-25+.

Rain Radar: Radar currently shows some very small scattered showers coming in on from today’s Easterly trade wind flow. (*Check to see if the Radar Image has updated to the current date):

Water Temperature: Today’s Water temperature in Kahului is at 80.1 °F degrees Fahrenheit (this is the warmest time or year).

Today’s Tides Kahului: For more information about Maui Tides go to our TIDES PAGE.

2017/07/12 Wed 03:40 AM 1.26 H
2017/07/12 Wed 09:44 AM -0.04 L
2017/07/12 Wed 5:02 PM 2.44 H
2017/07/12 Wed 11:49 PM 0.67 L

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous, Illumination: 90%     The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes the Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%.  [Source]

Sunrise and Sunset Kahului:

2017 Sunrise/Sunset Daylength Solar Noon
Jul Sunrise Sunset Length Difference Time Mil. mi
Jul 12 5:52 am 7:10 pm 13:18:09 −0:31 12:31 pm (89.1°) 94.492


NWS Forecast Today:

Humidity 90%
Barometer 30.03 in (1017.3 mb)
Dewpoint 67°F (19°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi

.TODAY…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 4 feet. Showers likely.
.TONIGHT…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Showers likely
in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight.
.THURSDAY…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Scattered
showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon.

Wind Yesterday: The wind was side-onshore from after 10:30, The wind speed came up right at the start and was strongest in the late morning gradually tapering off gradually as the day progressed.  Winds averaged mid 20’s, gusting high 20’s,  there were a few stronger gusts hitting just over 30 mph.


Hurricane Season:  Hurricanes are most likely to occur July through December in Hawaii. Hurricanes bring severe bad weather, flooding rain and potentially devastatingly strong winds. The passing of a Hurricane may last days or up to a week or more. The Hurricanes usually develop far away in the eastern Pacific and we generally get several days or more warning of their approach. So there is usually time to make preparations and even evacuate if necessary. Many Hurricanes come close to Hawaii but are just too far away to have a severe effect, This near-miss scenario, and repeated canceled warnings, can give some people a false sense of security. Until one does hit, and they may be unprepared. Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

Maui Surf Report: For more detailed Surf Information go to our Maui Surf Report Page.

Today’s Kite Tips:  

Good Communication: There are enough barriers to good communication at the beach. Wind noise, distractions, and people moving in and out of the area. So it is important to be able to communicate to each other effectively.

An Important Signal is “Catch my Kite / Coming in to land”: another important signal is “(Please) Catch My Kite”. Patting your head when you want to come in, tells people in the water that you are returning to the beach, and it tells the people on the beach that you are about to land your kite, and it signals would-be catchers that you would like a “catch”.

This signal can also be accompanied by a Hoot or Whistle to get the attention of those you are trying to communicate with. Things to Note: No-one is obligated to catch your kite, Some people standing on the beach are unqualified to catch your kite, Landing your kite is not a right, it is a privilege, If there is no-one willing to catch your kite you must self-land. If you do not know how to self-land then you need a lesson (that is one of the most basic skills). After you pat your head and whistle someone should step forward, and pat their head back to indicate that they are willing to catch your kite. Eye contact alone is not a sign that someone is going to catch your kite. Landing your kite on people can cause injury, kites can cause spinal/neck injury to bystanders who get hit on the head, so never land on someone who is inexperienced ever!. If there is no-one around to catch your kite and you cannot do a beach landing, then head back out to deep water again, and wait for another chance (or be prepared to do a water-self-landing).


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