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Trade Swell Increases Today, SW Shifts SSW

August 2, 2016, 1:54 AM HST
* Updated August 1, 9:41 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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

**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 2016-08-01 at 9.00.00 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Wave heights for spots exposed to the trade swell are expected to be waist/chest high today with the best breaks getting up to shoulder/head high.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/thigh high today with the best breaks a bit bigger on the sets. Spots that aren’t as exposed could be flat.

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South: Wave heights are expected to be under waist high high today, some spots could even be flat. Spots catching trade swell could get up to shoulder/head high.

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 8.59.55 PMOur current small southwest swell shifts a bit more south-southwest and lingers into the next few days. Just small pulses of southerly energy for the Hawaiian Islands through mid-month.

Trade swell will increase over the next couple of days. Nothing major expected out of the North or East Pacific through the first week of August. Tropical Storm Howard has potential to generate swell. Will keep an eye on it.

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.  

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