New NW Swell Builds & Peaks Today

April 12, 2016, 1:29 AM HST · Updated April 11, 10:42 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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

A High Surf Advisory is in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday for the north and west shores of Molokai and the north shore of Maui. This advisory could be extended if conditions warrant.

A Small Craft Advisory is posted through 6 a.m. Wednesday for windward waters of Maui County and all channels.

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 2016-04-11 at 9.58.12 PMMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Wave heights are expected to be well overhead to double overhead. At the best breaks we could see possible bigger sets up to triple overhead.

    West: Surf is pretty flat today for west shores that aren’t catching the northwest. Breaks catching the wrap could get up to well overhead or more on the sets.

    South: Surf is ankle high today.

    Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 9.58.17 PMA solid northwest swell will build Tuesday and peak in the afternoon. The swell is expected to slowly ease Wednesday and Thursday. Another swell is expected around April 15th.

    Not much expected out of the SPAC anytime soon. Minimal southerly swell is expected to trickle in over the next few days. Swell is possible around April 18th or so.

    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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