Today’s Weather: Friday, July 14, 2017

The Summary: NWS says; Sunny, with a high near 90. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. We say; Surf expected to be 2ft today.  The actual wind (at Kanaha) should be stronger, we think that it will be averaging 25 mph, reaching the low 30’s in the afternoon. Winds today should be more side-shore than yesterday. 

Kitebeach Maui. Photo David Dorn

Weather Map: Map shows a large 1032 mb High in the northeastern Pacific, The center of which is directly North of us, the system has widened and become more stable looking.  The orientation, density and curve of the Isobars locally indicate that the wind will be a bit stronger than yesterday, and that the underlying trade-wind might be more north-easterly than yesterday. The storm is called “Fernanda” in the Eastern Pacific has become a Hurricane with 85 -105 knot winds. We will be watching that one, It is currently far away so no need for immediate concern, however, it could produce some swell that could hit out islands around Thursday of next week. **More info on Fernanda below.http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/graphics/npac.gif

 

Wind Forecast: Winds are forecast to be 17-18 mph today from the NE.  Which is a bit better direction and strength than yesterday’s forecast. Some Partially Cloudy Skies forecast, but we have almost no visible Rain showers on the Radar, and the chance of precipitation in the early AM. Surf is expected to be about 2ft from the NE today.  Editor’s Note: The actual wind (at Kanaha) will likely be stronger at 25-30+ mph.

Small Craft Advisory…windiest coasts and channel around Maui County and the Big Island

Rain Radar: Radar currently shows mostly clear with 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 81.3 °F degrees Fahrenheit (this is the warmest temp so far this year).

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

2017/07/14 Fri 12:31 AM 0.61 L
2017/07/14 Fri 05:29 AM 1.18 H
2017/07/14 Fri 10:58 AM 0.46 L
2017/07/14 Fri 6:07 PM 2.15 H

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous, Illumination: 74%     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 Moongiant.com]

Sunrise and Sunset Kahului:

  Sunrise/Sunset Daylength Solar Noon
Jul Sunrise Sunset Length Difference Time Mil. mi
Jul 14 5:53 am 7:10 pm 13:17:02 −0:33 12:31 pm (89.4°) 94.485
Jul 15 5:53 am 7:10 pm 13:16:27 −0:35 12:32 pm (89.5°) 94.481

 

NWS Forecast Today:

Humidity 79%
Barometer 30.05 in (1018.1 mb)
Dewpoint 70°F (21°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Heat Index 79°F (26°C)

.TODAY…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 6 feet. Isolated
showers.
.TONIGHT…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Scattered
showers.
.SATURDAY…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Scattered
showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon.

 

Wind Yesterday: The wind was side-onshore with some periods of side-shore, it even felt a little “side-off” at times in a few launch areas. The wind speed increased quickly in the morning, peaking at 2pm. The strongest in the late afternoon around 4 – 5 pm. The strongest gusts were about 36-38 mph around 2pm.

 

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)

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/EP06/refresh/EP062017_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind+png/024105_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind.png

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

Today’s Kite Pro-Tip:  Look Before You Turn!: We can travel fast and our kites can move even faster, and if you suddenly change direction without warning you can cause problems for other kiters. When you turn your kite moves across the wind window from one side to the other in just a few seconds, suddenly moving up to 80 -100 feet in position.  This can cause kite tangles or people to crash into you.  So Always look before every turn! This is a very bad habit not to have, and people have to have discipline and train themselves to do this each time they turn. Also, you should be careful not to tailgate someone too, but that is another discussion. 

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