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SSW Peaks Today, Hilda Swell Expected

August 7, 2015, 1:22 AM HST
* Updated August 6, 9:37 PM
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Alerts

A High Surf Advisory has replaced the warning previously in place for the Big Island’s east shores.  The advisory is posted through 6:00 a.m. Friday. 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.**

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Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NHC Hilda 5 p.m. track

Image: NHC Hilda 5 p.m. track

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Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 5.29.55 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Waist/head high waves are expected early, dropping throughout the day.

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Kona side: Wave heights waist/shoulder high are expected. Ankle/waist high for the spots not catching the SSW.

South: Wave heights waist/shoulder high are expected for spots catching the peaking SSW swell. Spots catching fading Guillermo wrap will be knee to chest high on the sets.

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 5.30.00 PMGuillermo swell continues to fade Friday as Guillermo continues to weaken and distance itself from the islands. If tropical system, Hilda, continues on its forecasted path we expect swell to be generated for the islands around the middle of next week.

New south-southwest swell is expected to peak today and hold pretty steady through Saturday before fading Sunday. Small overlapping swells expected late next week. Otherwise, pretty quiet.

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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