March 17, 2018 Surf Forecast
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Outlook through Friday March 23: A small northwest swell will build tonight and peak tomorrow night, with another small reinforcing northwest swell forecast to peak Sunday night. Surf will stay below advisory levels with both of these events. A short period northeast swell is expected to produce choppy surf along the east facing shores from Sunday into Tuesday before a larger and longer period northeast swell arrives Wednesday and peaks Wednesday night into Thursday. Surf along north and east facing shores could see advisory level surf with this swell. Surf along south facing shores should see above null conditions for a next few days with small long period background swells moving through.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.
Surf: Waist to stomach high ESE wind swell with occasional chest high sets.
Conditions: Choppy/sideshore current with SE winds 15-20mph in the morning decreasing to 10-15mph in the afternoon.
Surf: Ankle to knee high SW ground swell.
Conditions: Glassy in the early morning with S winds less than 5mph. Semi choppy conditions move in during the morning hours with the winds shifting WSW 5-10mph.
Surf: Ankle to knee high SSW ground swell in the morning builds for the afternoon with occasional sets up to thigh high.
Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy in the morning with S winds less than 5mph. Bumpy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting SSW 5-10mph. Glassy conditions are expected by late afternoon with WSW winds less than 5mph.
Surf: Waist to chest high ESE wind swell.
Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy with ESE winds less than 5mph.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Hawaii County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com