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High Surf Advisory, Gale Warning in Effect

March 1, 2016, 1:43 AM HST
* Updated February 29, 9:52 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north and west shore of the Big Island through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday for windward Big Island waters and the Alenuihaha channel.

A Gale Warning is posted for all off shore waters until further notice.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

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**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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Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.22.28 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

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Hilo side: Wave heights for spots exposed to the large swell are expected to be shoulder to head high at the best breaks. Spots without direct exposure will be smaller.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be waist/shoulder high today.

South: Wave heights are expected to be waist/chest high with the best spots getting bigger on the sets.

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.22.36 PMA fun size swell is expected Tuesday and Wednesday with another round on tap for the weekend. The Big Island will again be heavily shadowed and won’t show the size as much as the other islands.

A fun size bump could fill in around March 7 – 9 for southern exposures. Tummy to chest high sets are possible with this swell.

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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