XL WNW Swell Expected to Build Overnight, Peak Late Friday

March 30, 2017, 1:38 AM HST · Updated March 29, 9:00 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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    Maui Surf Forecast

    North: Surf heights are expected to be chest/head high today with the best breaks getting overhead from time to time.

    West: Surf is knee/waist/chest high today along most westerly exposures with head high sets by sunset. The best breaks could be slightly overhead late in the day.

    South: Surf is knee/waist/chest high today with head high sets by sunset. The best breaks could be slightly overhead late in the day.

    A new south-southwest swell is forecast for Thursday through Saturday. The west-northwest could wrap into some southwest exposures as well.

    Surf along north and west facing shores remain elevated from the northwest reinforcement through Thursday.

    A large west-northwest swell is forecast to begin filling in Friday, peak Friday evening at warning levels before slowly fading over the weekend. This swell is expected to get up to 18 to 20 foot faces or more at deep water breaks like Pe’ahi “Jaws”.

    Short period easterly swell could get up to advisory levels along east exposures by the end of the weekend and into early next week.

    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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