Fernanda Could Produce Swell for us Next Week

July 15, 2017, 1:00 AM HST (Updated July 14, 2017, 8:26 PM)

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Small Craft Advisory: East to northeast winds up to 25 knots through 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**



    Big Island Surf Forecast


    Hilo side: Surf heights are expected to be ankle/waist high today.

    Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/knee high today. Flat for many Kona breaks not catching the swell.

    South: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/knee high today.

    No significant swells are expected through the rest of this week. A series of minimal south swells is expected to keep background swell going along southern exposures. We could see a slightly bigger run of swell starting around the 19th of this month.

    Small trade wind swells will continue to produce small choppy surf along east facing shores.

    There’s a good chance Tropical system Fernanda will produce swell for us. Current models show swell filling in Tuesday night or Wednesday, possibly at advisory levels. Will keep an eye on it as the size of the swell is highly dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the tropical system.

    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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