Gale Warning, Small Craft Advisory Posted
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Big Island waters through 6 p.m. Friday. East winds are expected up to 30 knots and seas up to 11 feet. A Gale Warning is posted as well for winds up to 35 knots and seas up to 13 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 head high to well overhead today. The best breaks could get up to double overhead on the sets.
Kona side: Wave heights knee/waist high today.
South: Breaks open to the trade swell could get up to head high or even overhead at the best exposures. Out of the south-southwest surf will be knee/waist high with the best breaks getting up to chest high on the sets from time to time.
Our current northwest swell is expected to shift a bit more north-northwest today and begin easing. Friday and Saturday we’ll be down to leftovers. A new north swell is expected to build Sunday into the chest high range or so.
A big surge in easterly winds has brought small craft advisory conditions over most coastal waters. A Gale Warning is up for the Alenuihaha channel. Trade swell will continue as long as the winds are up.
Nothing of note expected out of the Southern Hemi for the final weeks of 2015.
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.