Today’s Weather: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Summary: NWS says;  Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Northeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.  Computer Model Tables say 16-18 mph today, which is higher than yesterday. Surf expected to be 2 ft NNE.  We say;  The actual wind at Kanaha will be stronger than the forecast, we think that it will be easily averaging in the low to mid 20’s range, gusting into the high 20’s in the afternoon. The wind direction today should be similar today with the wind very well filled-in on the inside.  Our “Venturi Factor” Today for Kanaha is 5 out of 10. **Our Gustiness Factor should be higher today at about 40% which is a slightly uncomfortable level. 

Kite Beach Maui. Photo Suzie Dorn

Wind Forecast – Model Tables:


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Weather Map: Here is the weather map. You can see that the High to our North is quite large, and that means a better PGF. Our northern isobars have a curve that could affect local wind directions. The wind could be slightly more side-shore than yesterday, so winds could (potentially be) a little stronger today. These predictions are for the generalized (Tradewind) airflow across the state, and local wind effects (rain/venturi/clouds/etc.) need to be considered. Today’s wind should be slightly stronger than yesterday.

NWS Forecast: Here is the Current Conditions and Forecast.

Humidity 61%
Water Temp            81.3 °F                      
Barometer 30.08 in (1019.1 mb)
Dewpoint 69°F (21°C)
Visibility 10.00 mi
Heat Index 88°F (31°C)
Last update 9 Aug 8:54 am HST

Maui County Windward Waters:

311 AM HST Wed Aug 9 2017

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

.TODAY…East winds 15 knots. Wind waves 4 feet. Swell southeast
3 feet. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers
in the afternoon.
.TONIGHT…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Swell
southeast 3 feet. Isolated showers in the evening, then scattered
showers after midnight.
.THURSDAY…East winds 20 knots. Wind waves 6 feet. Swell
southeast 3 feet. Scattered showers.

Tides at Kahului: 

2017/08/09 Wed 02:59 AM 1.60 H
2017/08/09 Wed 09:02 AM -0.08 L
2017/08/09 Wed 3:57 PM 2.55 H
2017/08/09 Wed 10:23 PM 0.53 L


Rain Radar: Here is the current Radar Photo:

Clouds over the State:


Infrared Satellite Image:


Wind Yesterday:  Here is yesterday’s wind graph, winds gradually came up early averaging around 20mph, and then picked up after 3 pm, averaging in the low 20’s. The gusts were up into the mid 20’s. The highest gusts were about 28 mph after 2pm. The wind direction was very onshore most of the day, turning a little more side-shore in the late afternoon. Varying wind strength and angles were due in part to the intermittently cloudy sky conditions. The high and low numbers were quite far apart with “gustiness” ranging from about 30-40% of the total wind speed.

Moon Phase:  Waning Gibbous, Illumination: 97%. 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 a Last-Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%.
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 then they may be unprepared. Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Pro-Tip: Be aware of your Surroundings: Always be aware of your surroundings, Give other people to space to move, and enough room to feel safe. When launching, wait until there is enough room to fly without crowding other people, You are not the center of the universe. People need room to fly their kite so do not crowd them. Also do not fly close to shore (or into the “pro pool”) when there are fishermen there with lines out, another “no no” is coming close to any people swimming. Example; Some people were throwing rocks at the kiters who were coming too close to their children who were swimming. Obviously, this person was really really upset and thought the kiter was too close and presented a danger to the children. Remember: The air and the water and the beach can get crowded at times, be patient, and be courteous. Ride Aware and Kite Safe!


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


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


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This Wind & Weather Forecast was prepared by our very own in-house amateur meteorologist. “Have fun and be Safe out there.  Aloha,  David Dorn”

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