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Christmas Swell Expected for Big Island

December 24, 2016, 1:18 AM HST (Updated December 23, 2016, 11:34 PM) · 0 Comments
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Small Craft Advisory: North winds 20 to 30 knots in all coastal waters and channels from 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday.

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: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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    Big Island Surf Forecast

    Hilo side: Wave heights are forecast to be shoulder high to a few feet overhead today for the best breaks.

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    Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/thigh high today with sets up to waist high for the best breaks.

    South: Wave heights are expected to be knee/thigh high today with sets up to waist high for the best breaks.

    Our current NW swell is still showing. This swell should ease through the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the Kona side will be heavily shadowed from this swell. A new northwest swell is expected to arrive in time for Christmas with fun-size waves forecast from Sunday afternoon into Monday.

    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 Big Island weather report.**

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    Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of their weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Big Island tsunami damage in 2011. She is a Certified Meteorologist and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Speech Communication and French. Malika leads the Big Island Now weather team and enjoys conducting video interviews for Big Island Now's news and entertainment sections. The former Miss Hawaii is also a black belt in karate, avid waterwoman, jewelry designer, singer, TV host and mommy blogger.
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