SSW Holds Early Then Slowly Fades Today
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel as well as waters to the west and south of the Big Island through 6 a.m. Wednesday. East winds up to 25 knots are expected along with rough seas of up to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the south facing shores of all islands through 6 a.m. Tuesday for 5 to 8 foot faces. 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 are expected waist/shoulder high today. The best breaks catching the trade swell could get a bit bigger on the sets.
Kona side: Wave heights belly/shoulder high are expected today. Best breaks open to the swell could get slightly head high on the sets.
South: Wave heights waist/head high are expected for the breaks open to the south-southwest swell. The best breaks could get overhead on the sets.
Our reinforcing SSW swell is expected to hold Tuesday morning before starting to slowly fade through the day and into the week. Small scale south-southwest swells are expected through the end of the month but nothing super noteable.
Trade winds will continue to generate short-period choppy surf at moderate levels along east facing shores through the weekend. Other than that, there is nothing of note out of the NPAC.
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.