King Tides Continue, Possible Tropical Swell Soon

August 19, 2017, 6:41 AM HST · Updated August 19, 6:47 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Special Weather Statement: Coastal flooding associated with spring tides (King tides) is occurring and expected through the weekend. The greatest potential for flooding is during the peak daily tide. This risk is forecast to diminish as we head into the middle of next week and the daily tide starts to drop.

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: Surf heights are expected to be knee/waist high today with onshore wind conditions.

    West: Surf heights are expected to be knee/waist high or less today. Many spots will be flat.

    South: Surf heights are expected to be knee/waist high or less today. Some spots could get up to tummy/chest high on the sets at the breaks catching the south-southeast.

    Our current south-southeast swell is forecast to slowly fade through the weekend… but still pretty small. Nothing significant is forecast out of the South Pacific at this time with just small background swell expected through next week.

    Trade swell is forecast to drop a bit through the weekend as trade winds weaken. Tropical swell is possible from Kenneth for the middle to the end of next week. Will keep an eye on it.

    Keep in mind the spring tides are causing coastal flooding in vulnerable low-lying areas.

    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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