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Small South & West, Trade Swell Holds Today

August 12, 2016, 1:34 AM HST
* Updated August 11, 11:44 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel as well as waters to the south and west of the Big Island through 6 a.m. Sunday.

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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Hilo side: Wave heights for spots exposed to the trade swell are expected to be waist/shoulder high today.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/thigh high today, some spots could get up to waist high.

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 8.57.58 PMOnly trace amounts of swell today out of the south. Chances are looking better that a swell will line up around the 16th.

Omais (near Japan) has generated a very small swell for westerly spots and will be shifting out of the northwest on Friday as it begins to fade. Conson (east of Mariana Islands) isn’t looking like a wave maker for us. Models are showing activity in the West Pacific so there is potential there for swell energy out of that region.

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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