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Old January 14th, 2009, 12:19 AM
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Default High Surf and Winds for January 2009

No, not global warming. Big waves!!!

SURF ZONE FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
700 PM HST TUE JAN 13 2009
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700 PM HST TUE JAN 13 2009
HIGH SURF WARNING FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING FOR BUILDING SURF WEDNESDAY ALONG NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES
Surf along north facing shores will be rising rapidly to 30 to 35 feet by Wednesday afternoon.
Surf along west facing shores will be rising rapidly to 12 to 22 feet by Wednesday afternoon.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 12:32 AM
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Combined with a super high tide at about 5 am tomorrow. Should be exciting.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:03 AM
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I know where Jim's camera will be. Happy shooting!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Combined with a super high tide at about 5 am tomorrow. Should be exciting.
Super high? Only a 2.0, and at 6:25am (Honolulu Harbor). We had a 2.7 Saturday and Sunday, 2.5 Monday and 2.3 yesterday.
And for Jim, are you going to take photos? Please? Of course, the traffic on the north shore will be exceptionally miserable, but. And hey, maybe The Eddie will be a go!
Also, don't forget the wind warnings for Wednesday night through Friday. Kona winds, gusting to 60mph. Here on the windward side we get even more because of the downslope effect.
The next few days will be intersting.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:38 AM
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I am old enough to remember...when was it?....the Mokuleia waves back in 1969...
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:46 AM
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Default Re: Ocean on the Rise!!!

Crap. We are only on the second floor.

Guess I better close the sliding doors on the virtual lanai...

But I DO have batteries, and water. Mo' ready this time.

Batten down the Hatches!!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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Default Re: High surf warning for 01/13/09

i guess i wont wash the car this week end. because every time i do, it always rains!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Oh Maaaaaaaaaaaaan! Stay safe, th=o those that venture out..and PADDLE OUT!

Jim, I hope this means you will be shooting!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:57 AM
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I gotta work today, but I may be able to get up there after work and take a few shots. Is there any way to know which beaches will have the biggest surf? For example, will Waimea have bigger surf than Sunset? Or is it unknowable until it's happening?
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Old January 14th, 2009, 09:52 AM
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Try this:

NOAA Surf Report

It has a map with the directions mapped out in degrees so you can try and figure out where the biggest surf will be by using the info in the charts.

If I'm reading the info and map right, it looks like Waimea is the place to be for pics of big waves.

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Old January 14th, 2009, 10:09 AM
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There's a bouy map at the bottom of the page here:

http://www.surfline.com/surfline/for...cast_index.cfm

The swell tracker tab shows the swell heights in various colors with purple being the 30+ft. range.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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No big waves yet on my end (Waialua)....Maybe 5-6, occasional 8. And the debris is still where it was yesterday; not washed off the beach.
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No big waves yet on my end (Waialua)....Maybe 5-6, occasional 8. And the debris is still where it was yesterday; not washed off the beach.
Lucky you live Waialua.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 02:11 PM
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I took a few pics of the low waves this morning, to compare later today.

Yep, this is nice place, Susie. I love your stories and recipes from France, too.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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I took a few pics of the low waves this morning, to compare later today.

Yep, this is nice place, Susie. I love your stories and recipes from France, too.
Wanna trade places?

Actually, I'm pretty much stuck here. But next time you pass the sugarmill or the old Bank of Hawaii building or the old Filipino cemetary at Thompson Corner or visit the goats at Santiago's at the back of Ranchcamp or
pass the highschool or go along Crozier Drive or pass the old wooden houses with the corrugated iron roofs behind the mill or go past Sugara store...give em a little wave for me, will ya please?
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Old January 14th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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I will.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 05:14 PM
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Not seein' anything special yet, just a pretty day. Goin' to get DS and go to Mokuleia for a little while.

No, no, not to swim or surf. Is you CRAZY?? They is sharks hidin' in them big waves!

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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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It's a beautiful day on the west side. The water's turned choppy compared to this morning. Surf is up a little bit. And, it's a little windier than it was this morning. All in all, nuthin' outta the ordinary...yet!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:33 PM
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Went to the beach today hoping to see 30' waves. Saw two turtles and a monk seal, but no 30' waves. Meh. It was a nice beach day anyway!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:50 PM
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Maybe tomorrow.

Looking at that color coded buoy map now compared to this morning, the purple area has gotten huge and lots closer to y'all.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:56 PM
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Well, the waves are definitely bigger. It's windy like on Tutu's side, and her clouds keep comin' over here...

The tow-in surfers are busy, and it looks like maybe two-to-three surfers high, so 15-18ft or so? And in sets.

Mokuleia is beautiful, and we got a little sandblasted every once in a while. Very changeable today.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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It's been a short 45 min. since my last post and the surf has noticably increased. It's gonna be a noisy night...good kine noise, tho'!
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Went to the beach today hoping to see 30' waves. Saw two turtles and a monk seal, but no 30' waves. Meh.
There's a really big difference between here and where you've lived before, TG. Here, the waves can rise from 6' to 30' within just a few hours, and then fall again just as fast.
In California, the ocean floor shelves up verrrrry sloooowly as it approaches the coast. Ocean depth remains relatively shallow for tens of miles offshore and waves can take several days to increase in size and then several days to drop again. But here in the islands there's no shelf at all, just immediate dropoffs to depths that stagger the imagination, and that's why the waves leap up and back down in size so fast. That's the simplified version of why you have to be patient.
But it's worth it!
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Old January 15th, 2009, 01:14 AM
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Surf's up! Not huge yet but definitely on the rise on the west side. The wind has kicked up another notch or 2 and is driving the rain into my makai facing windows and slider. Kona storms mean leaks in my hale. It's time to make like a boy scout!

Any updates from around the state, in general, and Oahu, in particular?
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Old January 15th, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Any updates from around the state, in general, and Oahu, in particular?
Nothing about the surf, but here's the latest on the wind from the NWS:

Issued at: 8:04 PM HST 1/14/09

A high wind watch remains in effect from Thursday evening through friday afternoon.
Winds on Kauai and Oahu will gradually increase on Thursday, with wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible Thursday night and friday. The strongest wind gusts are expected over the high terrain and across communities north and east of high terrain.
A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph are possible, but not yet certain. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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