NNW Continues, Christmas Swell Expected

December 23, 2016, 1:53 AM HST · Updated December 22, 11:37 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 a.m. Friday.

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.**

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    Maui Surf Forecast

    North: Head high surf is expected today at the best surf breaks. The best breaks will get up to a couple feet overhead on the sets. Ho’okipa eastward will see the biggest waves.

    West: Surf is knee/thigh 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 the holiday weekend. A new northwest swell could arrive in time for Christmas if the model projections are correct.

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

    Very small south-southwest laps in Friday and into the weekend up to knee/thigh high. 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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