Monday, December 7, 2009

Epic High Surf ~ Waikupanaha Entry Changing ~ Lava Entry Photos

Waves higher than seen on Hawaii shores since the 1960’s are pounding into north and northwest facing shores today:
From the National Weather Service Forecast Office – Honolulu“OAHU-
900 AM HST MON DEC 7 2009
Surf along north facing shores will build to 30 to 40 feet today with occasional sets to 50 feet on the outer reefs. The high surf will continue through Tuesday.
Surf along west facing shores will rise to 15 to 25 feet with occasional 30 footers today. Little change is expected through Tuesday.
Surf along east facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet, except to 10 to 18 feet along shores exposed to the northwest swell. Surf will remain high through Tuesday.”

Lava flow:

The above photo is how strong the single entry point has been in the past. The Waikupanaha lava entry into the sea is changing. For the past eighteen months there as been a nearly continuously strong outpouring of molten lava at the same general location. Now we are seeing a spreading out of the molten lava entry points. Below you can see the long line of entry points as of last night. There are four more ocean entries beyond these as well.

Where it enters the sea:

Last night a voggy half-mon rose over the ocean entry inferno:

1 comment:

  1. Hey Leigh, wonderful blogging as always! Any recommendations on northern locations to watch the waves on the Big Island?