NW Swell Builds Overnight, SW for Weekend

December 1, 2016, 1:10 AM HST · Updated November 30, 10:32 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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

A Wind Advisory is up for areas of Maui County through 6 p.m. Wednesday with winds gusting into the 50’s again.

A High Surf Advisory is posted for east facing shores until 6 p.m. Thursday.

A Gale Warning is posted through 6 a.m. Thursday for our windiest channels and waters.


A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all remaining Maui County waters through 6 a.m. Thursday.

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-2016-11-30-at-8-53-19-pmMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Knee/chest high surf is expected today. The best breaks could get up to shoulder high on the sets. Forerunners to the next swell could show up before sunset.

    West: Surf is ankle/knee high today with the best exposures getting up to waist high out of the south-southwest. Northwest Maui will catch some wrap at spots exposed to that direction.

    South: Surf is ankle/knee high today or more.

    screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-53-11-pmSmall northwest swell continues through Thursday but on a downward trend. A solid northwest is expected for December 2, building late Thursday for Friday. Double overhead surf is expected for many breaks with this swell. The best exposures could be triple overhead with 15 foot faces or more. The swell begins to ease over the weekend.

    East trade swell is expected to continue all week up to overhead at the best breaks.

    Our current south-southwest swell is expected to be down to leftovers through the rest of the work week. A small southwest is expected to build Sunday and Monday.

    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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