Very Large NW Swell Fills in Today

January 15, 2016, 1:33 AM HST · Updated January 15, 6:48 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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A High Surf Warning is posted for north and west shores of Molokai and the north shore of Maui through 6 p.m. Saturday.

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters (except Ma’alaea) through 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.


**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 2016-01-14 at 7.22.40 PMMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Morning starts out mellow but rapidly builds to 20 to 25 foot faces at the spots with good exposure. The best breaks could get up to thirty feet with deep water breaks possibly double that size. Waist high trade swell around Hana as well.

    West: Wrap from a northwest swell will bring shoulder high to overhead surf for West Maui spots that have northern exposure. The best breaks could get up to a few feet overhead on the sets.

    South: Wave heights are under waist high today out of the southwest. Knee/waist high trade swell will filter in and some spots will catch some of the northwest swell wrap as well.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 7.22.47 PMA very large northwest swell will build overnight, peak on Friday, then decline this weekend. A slightly smaller northwest swell is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday of next week.

    Trade swell is expected to remain pretty small at waist/chest high or less.

    Swell from tropical system Pali is expected to slowly continue fading through the week.

    A new south-southwest swell is expected for the weekend with waist/head high waves, peaking Sunday.

    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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