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New NW Swell Builds Today for Big Island

February 6, 2017, 1:15 AM HST
* Updated February 6, 8:32 AM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Gale Warning: All offshore waters

Small Craft Advisory: All island coastal waters through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

High Wind Warning: Summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa through 6 a.m. Wednesday for gusts up to  75 mph.

High Surf Advisory: West side of Big Island through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Wind Advisory: Southwest “Kona” winds will increase reaching 25 to 35 mph in some spots with gusts up to 50 mph. The strongest gusts are expected in downsloping areas. Winds this strong can result in power interruptions, roof damage, branches falling from trees and can make driving difficult. Secure any loose outdoor objects.

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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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Big Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Wave heights are forecast to be ankle/waist high today and building as the northwest fills in.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be thigh/waist/chest high today with the best breaks getting up to shoulder high by sunset.

South: Wave heights are expected to be thigh/waist/chest high today with the best breaks getting up to shoulder high by sunset.

A new northwest swell is forecast to fill in Monday and peak Tuesday / Wednesday before easing the second half of the work week. The middle of the month looks to be quite active. Storm developing in the northwest Pacific could bring a good size swell for next week. Stay tuned.

Nothing significant expected out of the South Pacific any time soon.

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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