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High Surf Advisory for North & West Shores Today

December 16, 2016, 7:19 AM HST
* Updated December 16, 7:24 AM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A High Surf Advisory is posted for north and west facing shores of the Big Island through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Small Craft Advisory posted for windward waters.

Gale Warning in effect for all offshore waters.

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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Big Island Surf Forecast

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Hilo side: Wave heights are forecast to be shoulder high to overhead today for the best breaks.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/waist high today in the morning and rising to shoulder/head high for the best breaks by sunset.

South: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/waist high today. Wrap from the northwest swell will make exposures open to that direction bigger.

West-northwest swell is building today into Saturday along with a northwest swell. The Big Island will feel some shadowing from this swell but energy will still sneak through. West-southwest wind swell will also mix in Friday and Saturday because of the Kona winds so surf may seem a bit jumbled.

A combination of local winds, large surf and higher than normal high tides could translate to overwash onto the typical vulnerable roadways through Saturday morning. The best chance for this will be during high tides.

Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC in the near future.

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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