January 16, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 16, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 16, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Wednesday January 23: The current northwest swell continues to fill this early Wednesday morning. Shores under the High Surf Warning has been downgraded to a High Surf Advisory. Leeward Big Island coast will remain under a High Surf Advisory through today. A new short period pulse from the northwest will boost surf to at or near advisory levels for the west and north facing shores Thursday night through Friday before filling. East facing shores will see a slight bump up over the weekend due to the return of locally strong trade winds. A series of northwest swell will gradually raise the surf to just below advisory levels along the north and west facing shores between Monday and Tuesday night.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

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North

am        pm  

Surf: 1-3′ overhead high NW ground swell.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with S winds less than 5mph. Glassy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the SSW.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high WNW ground swell.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with E winds less than 5mph. Glassy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the WSW.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Stomach to shoulder high NNW ground swell.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with SSE winds less than 5mph. Glassy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the S.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**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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    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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