Large NW Swell on Downward Trend, New WNW Soon

January 21, 2016, 1:13 AM HST · Updated January 20, 9:28 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A High Surf Warning is posted for the north and west shores of Molokai and the north shore of Maui through 6:00 a.m. Thursday and will likely become a High Surf Advisory after that time.

A Small Craft Advisory is posted through 6:00 a.m. Thursday. This includes nearly all Maui County coastal waters.

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 2016-01-20 at 8.24.01 PMMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Wave heights are 2 to 3 times overhead today maybe up to 4 times overhead for the best exposed shores. Swell is on a downward trend through the day.

    West: Wrap from a northwest swell continues.

    South: Wave heights are knee/waist high today as the southwest swell fades. Northwest wrap will filter into some spots.

    Our current northwest swell is expected to slowly taper off and shift more out of the north over the next couple of days. A second large west-northwest swell is likely Sunday through Monday, resulting in warning-level surf along north and west facing shores, including west facing shores of the Big Island.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 8.24.10 PMTrade swell is expected to remain pretty small at waist/chest high or less.

    A south-southwest reinforcement is expected to maintain wave heights for southern shores through Thursday then fade Friday.

    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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