NW Fades, New Advisory Level NW Tomorrow
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for southern and west Big Island coastal waters and the ʻAlenuihāhā channel through 6 p.m. Tuesday for northeast winds up to 25 knots and seas up to 10 feet.
**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 chest/head high today with the best breaks getting waist/shoulder high from time to time on the sets.
Kona side: Wave heights below waist high today.
South: Most breaks are knee high or less. Breaks open to the trade swell could still get up to waist/shoulder high.
Our current northwest swell is expected to continue its steady fading trend. A reinforcing northwest swell is expected to arrive late Tuesday, and then peak on Wednesday. Should show best for the Kona side on Wednesday and the northeast coast Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. This swell could once again bring advisory level surf to exposed shores. An even larger northwest swell is possible for the next weekend, which could bring surf to warning levels.
Our current south-southwest is mainly leftovers today.
Trade swell continues but it’s bumpy and sloppy for most spots.
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.