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High Winds, Dropping Seas with High Surf Advisory in Effect

December 26, 2016, 1:31 AM HST
* Updated December 25, 11:53 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

High Surf Advisory: East and north shores of Big Island through 6 p.m. Monday.

Gale Warning: Alenuihaha channel and southern coastal waters through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Small Craft Advisory: All remaining coastal waters due to east winds 20 to 30 knots. Posted through Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Wind Advisory: Kohala Mountains and interior parts of the Big Island through 6 p.m. Monday for east winds from 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 50 mph.

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Big Island Surf Forecast

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

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be down to leftovers today and below waist high. Spots catching the northwest getting up to waist/chest high, sets up to shoulder high.

South: Wave heights are expected to be down to leftovers today and below waist high. Spots catching the northwest getting up to waist/chest high, sets up to shoulder high.

Our current NW swell is holding through the first half of the day Monday. Unfortunately, the Kona side will be heavily shadowed from this swell but some exposures open to that direction will continue to see some size.

A trade wind swell will also continue showing today.

Small south-southwest drops to leftovers on Monday. Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC in the near future although a small south swell is forecast for the 31st and 1st with another little bump on the horizon for the 4th.

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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