Pe’ahi Size Swell Expected to Build, Peak Overnight

November 7, 2016, 1:19 AM HST · Updated November 6, 11:45 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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

A Marine Weather Statement has been issued stating that a large north-northwest swell will rapidly build Monday with open ocean swells reaching 15 feet. Harbors exposed to northwest and north swells may see moderate harbor surges and large breaking waves at harbor entrances.

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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.**

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    screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-5-16-45-pmMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Wave heights are expected to build through the afternoon and evening with a slow morning but rising to 20 to 30 foot faces with the best breaks possibly catching 40 foot faces by sunset.

    West: Surf is waist high today or less. Spots catching the wrap will be bigger.

    South: Surf is waist high today or less.

    screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-5-16-40-pmThe largest swell of the winter season is upon us. The north-northwest should build through Monday afternoon and evening with a peak in the overnight hours. Tuesday the swell will begin to ease. The biggest sets will be Monday at the end of the day and first thing Tuesday morning. Most “normal” breaks will be completely closing out.

    Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC for the foreseeable future.

    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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