Advisory Level Swell Builds Today
A High Surf Advisory is in effect for the Kona side of the island from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday through 6:00 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service is calling for wave heights of 5 to 8 feet are expected Tuesday morning rising to 6 to 10 foot faces Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
Hilo side: Wave heights from shoulder to head high are expected.
Kona side: The LOLA model is calling for wave heights from ankle to waist high early on as an advisory level swell builds through the day and into tomorrow.
South: Wave heights of knee to shoulder high are expected.
A shadowed west-northwest is expected to start building Tuesday and peak on Wednesday afternoon possibly up to overhead at the best breaks on the sets. Swell fades out Thursday.
Possible storm development off of Japan may bring a swell for first few days of March. Will keep an eye on it.
A new south swell is expected to build Tuesday with knee to waist high waves in the forecast. Swell is expected to peak on Wednesday.
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.