Great surf Hurricane Walaka
Here at Oahu Surfing Experience presents to you, a photo blog recap of last months blessings we received, by way of a wonderful abundance of awesome waves that came spinning into our shoreline. The recap goes something like this;
It was crazy, because an extremely powerful, major category 5 hurricane named Hurricane Walaka flared up in the Central Pacific, just southwest of Hawaii over the weekend. It was sudden and as most hurricanes are, proved highly unpredictable. Great surf Hurricane Walaka intensified into an impressive looking, Cat 5 storm on Monday. Weakening slightly, the storm has been tracking northward and pushing out solid swell for the Aloha State before eventually tracking north of the islands and dissipating over the weekend. Swell peaks late Wednesday through Thursday (precise timing depending on the island) before backing down Friday and over the weekend. Look for overhead to well overhead surf to the better exposed areas, and double overhead+ sets for some of
the standout spots (strongest overall for Kauai). Added bonus, most areas see favorable wind conditions throughout this swell event.
View: Latest expert forecast for North Shore Oahu — Kauai North — Maui North
This is a highly unusual swell angle for Hawaii, especially for a swell of this magnitude. Look for some mysto spots to turn on, while other breaks will behave differently (either better or worse) than normal. In addition to the atypical westerly swell, the South Shore sees South Pacific swell while the North Shore sees more solid, pre-season swell action from the North Pacific, including double overehead+ surf into midweek.
Hurricane #Walaka, seen here by #GOES15, remains a dangerous Cat. 5 storm. Walaka is expected to remain far from Hawaii’s main islands (seen in the upper right), but is headed toward Johnston Island, an unincorporated U.S. territory. More: https://t.co/j3kDpM7v2M pic.twitter.com/gmnwM008I1
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) October 2, 2018
Hurricane Walaka spun up over the weekend in the central Pacific Ocean. It’s turning into a powerful storm, though it will likely miss Hawaii and shuffle off into the ocean. But it will occupy a special place in history.
Hurricane Walaka is the last name on a set of lists created in 1982 for Central Pacific hurricanes. It took 36 years to get to the end of the 48 names. But we made it, folks. The basin’s next named storm will be Akoni, going back to the start of the very first list.
The names in the Central Pacific operate a bit different than the more familiar Atlantic hurricane names. The Atlantic has six lists of 26 names that run from A to Z that are swapped out year after year. The Central Pacific has four lists of names that are alphabetical, but don’t include every letter of the alphabet. And rather than starting a new list for every calendar year like the Atlantic, the Central Pacific has just let the four lists run their course.
It’s taken so long to run through all 48 names because the Central Pacific is one of the sleepier tropical cyclone basins: Upper level wind conditions just aren’t that conducive to storms spinning up. The last storm to form in the Central Pacific was 2016’s Hurricane Ulika.
Eric Blake, a forecaster with the National Hurricane Center, told Earther that El Niño can help create conditions more favorable for storms to form in this basin. Though we haven’t reached a full on El Niño—which is characterized by warm waters in the Pacific and weaker upper level winds—we’ve been in an El Niño watch since June, and those conditions could have aided in Hurricane Walaka ’s rise.
Hurricane Walaka is closing out the list of named storms with a bang. It was officially named on Saturday, but it exploded on Sunday night, intensifying from a weak Category 1 with winds of 75 mph to a major, Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph in just 12 hours. And with extremely warm water in its path, it’s likely to intensify even further.
The storm headed north and Johnson Atoll, an uninhabited, abandoned military base, is in its path. It’s unlikely Hurricane Walaka will have any lasting impacts except as a quirky note in the history books that produced Great surf Hurricane Walaka
Island in French Frigate Shoals ‘disappears’ after hurricane
(Via KHON2 News)