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Madeline, Lester & Lionrock Generate Swell for Hawaii

August 27, 2016, 1:03 AM HST
* Updated August 26, 11:11 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for our usual windy channels through 6 p.m. Sunday for northeast to east winds up to 25 knots.

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 2016-08-26 at 8.43.15 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Wave heights for spots exposed to the trade swell are expected to be ankle/waist high today. The best trade swell exposures could get up to chest high on the sets on Sunday.

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

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South: Wave heights are expected to be knee/waist high at the best breaks. Spots catching trade swell are mostly under waist high but could hit chest high on the sets at the best trade swell exposed breaks.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.43.09 PMMinimal background southwest and southeast energy over the next few days. The SPAC is going quiet for a while with potential for new south-southwest swell around September 5th or so.

The NPAC is looking pretty quiet as well but models are showing activity in the West and East Pacific. Tropical systems Madeline and Lester have formed in the East Pacific and are expected to deliver swell during the second half of next week. Out of the WPAC Lionrock is expected to send west-northwest swell for the second half of next week as well. All swells pending development and future progress of the storms. 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.  

**Click here for your detailed Big Island weather report.**

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