Small Craft Advisory Posted as WNW Begins to Fade

March 30, 2015, 1:07 AM HST · Updated March 29, 10:27 PM

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By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]


A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Monday for the north facing shores of Maui and Moloka’i. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Monday at 6:00 p.m. for all the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay. Rough seas from 6 to 12 feet are expected along with east winds of 20 to 25 knots. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.


**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, forecasted swell direction, height & period, tides, a surface map and expected wave heights.**



    no slideshowMaui County Surf Forecast

    North: Head high to slightly overhead waves are expected today. Double overhead waves are possible at the best breaks, especially early in the day before the swell begins to fade.

    West: Pretty flat conditions are expected today. Spots catching the swell should be knee to thigh high.

    South: Knee to thigh high waves are expected today with standouts possibly getting up to chest high.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 10.01.08 PMOur current west-northwest swell is expected to slowly fade over the next couple of days. Monday morning swell size is expected to hold before the fading begins.

    A small north-northwest swell is expected midweek, with a small west-northwest possible for the weekend.

    Our current small south-southeast is expected to slowly taper off over the next few days. A small south-southwest swell is possible for the weekend but still pending storm development.

    Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

    **Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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