HUGE WavesJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 1:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
First some appropriate music. The biggest waves in decades have been pounding the north shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Waves have reached 40-50 feet high. An intense storm system northwest of the Hawaiian Islands triggered the gigantic swells. A National Weather Service spokesman said Buoy 101, which measures open ocean swells northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, reported an ocean swell of 31 feet at 17 seconds. That translates to 50+ feet on the North Shore. Waves on the West Shore were running 20-30 feet. The long duration between swells means that ocean waters will pile up in the surf zone allowing the larger waves to impact further into beach areas. The Mavericks Surf Contest is on this Friday! Wind gusts of 40 mph were reported on the islands. One man was killed when hit by a falling tree branch on a golf course. Gusts to 54 mph were reported on Oahu. Half a dozen homes sustained roof damage. The strong winds knocked out power to hundreds of homes. Showers and thunderstorms produced rain over most of the islands, including nearly 1/2″ in Honolulu and 3.21″ at Wainiha. Some flooding has been reported. There’s a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the high mountains for snow, freezing rain and wind gusts up to 95 mph! Eewwww! Video here and some neat pictures here (courtesy of www.hawaiinewsnow.com).