NNW Still Showing, Christmas Swell Expected

December 22, 2016, 1:44 AM HST · Updated December 21, 6:56 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Small Craft Advisory: East winds 20 to 30 knots in our windier channels through 6 p.m. Thursday.

A High Surf Advisory is posted for north and west facing shores of Molokai and the north and east facing shores of Maui until 6 a.m. Thursday.

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

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    Maui Surf Forecast

    North: Overhead to double overhead surf is expected today at the best surf breaks. Ho’okipa eastward will see the biggest waves.

    West: Surf is under waist high today for most westerly exposures with slightly bigger waves at the best exposures catching the northwest wrap.

    South: Surf is expected to be pretty flat today for southern exposures.

    Our current NNW swell is still showing today. This swell should ease through next weekend. A new northwest swell could arrive in time for Christmas if the model projections are correct.

    A trade wind swell will also show today. Surf, however, is expected to stay below advisory level until maybe late in the upcoming weekend.

    Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC in the near 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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