High Surf Warning, Pe’ahi Swell Expected Today

December 9, 2015, 1:29 AM HST · Updated December 8, 10:38 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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A High Surf Warning is posted for the north & west facing shores of Molokai and the north shore of Maui through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Surf along north facing shores is expected to be 20 to 30 feet. West shores are expected to get up to 12 to 20 feet.

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all windward waters and channels through 6 p.m. Wednesday for winds up to 25 knots and seas up to 14 feet.

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



    Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.58.47 PMMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Wave heights are expected to be double to triple overhead today. Spots like Pe’ahi (Jaws) could get up to 20 foot faces or more on the sets.

    West: Wave heights about waist/head high today with the best breaks getting up to overhead on the sets. Spots farther to the south are much smaller.

    South: Wave heights under knee high today. Spots shadowed by other islands will be flat.

    Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.58.53 PMOur current northwest swell is expected to continue building Wednesday. Swell should begin easing late in the day Wednesday. This swell will shift to a more northwesterly swell later in the week but still bring good size to Maui County’s best exposures.

    Our current south-southwest is mainly leftovers today.

    Trade swell will rebuild for the second half of the week as winds pick up in strength.

    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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    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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