South Shore swell reaches record heightsUPDATED 6:30 AM HST May 22, 2013Video Transcript
first hit Thursday is a record breaker! You can see from this live shot from Oahu's South Shore... In fact.... there's been so much large surf that many of the prime spots in town don't have much of a crowd! And today we get confirmation from surf forecaster Pat Caldwell that we haven't seen a south swell like this since the summer of 1980... when President Jimmy Carter was being challenged by Ronald Reagan! KITV4's Andrew Pereira spoke to Caldwell this afternoon and has more from Bowls at Magic Island. :01 :17 1:08 ANDREW PEREIRA: "ON MONDAY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAID THAT THE CURRENT SOUTH SWELL IS POSSIBLY THE LARGEST MOST CONSISTENT THAT WE'VE SEEN IN DECADES. WELL, TODAY CAME CONFIRMATION FROM NOAA SURF FORECASTER PAT CALDWELL WHO SAYS WE HAVEN'T SEEN A SWELL LIKE THIS IN 33 YEARS." PAT CALDWELL: "IT'S BEEN OVER 30 YEARS SINCE WE'VE HAD BACK-TO-BACK, DAY AFTER DAY WAVES IN THIS ELEVATED LEVEL THAT WOULD BE DOUBLE TO TRIPLE OVER HEAD. THE LAST ONES THAT LASTED AT LEAST FOUR DAYS IN THIS EXTRA LARGE CATEGORY GO BACK TO 1980. AND THERE WERE TWO DURING THAT SUMMER, ONE RIGHT AROUND FOURTH OF JULY AND ONE RIGHT AROUND AUGUST 42 AND BOTH OF THOSE HAD A SIMILAR SOURCE." That source, severe open ocean storms that develop east of New Zealand where islands don't block swells headed for Hawaii. But if surfers expect THIS swell to be an indication of how the rest of the summer will unfold, Caldwell says don't count your waves before they break. PAT CALDWELL: "THAT CORRELATION ITSELF IS NOT 100 PERCENT, AND OTHERWISE WE DONT' REALLY HAVE ANY CLEAR CLIMATE SIGNAL THAT CAN SAY, 'HEY, OK THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT SUMMER.' SO, WE DON'T KNOW." ANDREW PEREIRA: "FOR NOW, SOUTH SHORE SURFERS WILL HAVE TO ENJOY WHAT THEY'VE GOT WITH ANOTHER BUMP EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY. REPORTING FROM MAGIC ISLAND BY BOWLS, ANDREW PEREIRA, KITV4 NEWS."