New Large NW Swells Expected for Weekend

January 28, 2017, 1:16 AM HST · Updated January 27, 10:19 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

High Surf Advisory: North and west shores of Molokai and north shore of Maui through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Small Craft Advisory: Windward waters and channels through 6 p.m. Sunday.

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: Surf is head high to double overhead today in the morning with new swell building and double to triple overhead surf by the afternoon. The best breaks could get up to 18 to 20 foot faces or more. Pe’ahi may be even bigger.

    West: Surf is pretty flat today. Spots catching some of the west-northwest wrap will be bigger.

    South: Surf is pretty flat today. The best spots catching the wrap could get bigger.

    Over the weekend, back-to-back large swells are expected with the first continuing to fill in Saturday and peaking at advisory levels in the afternoon / evening. The second swell is expected to be much larger, filling in late Sunday and peaking Sunday night into Monday at warning levels.

    The front that is going to push down the island chain should create a northeast trade swell that could coincide with the peak of the second west-northwest swell.

    Nothing significant expected out of the South Pacific any time soon.

    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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