Hawaii County Surf Forecast for January 18, 2022

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Forecast for Big Island Leeward


Shores Today Wednesday
Surf Surf
AM PM AM PM
West Facing 1-3 1-3 6-8 6-8
South Facing 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3
TODAY

Weather Mostly sunny. Isolated showers.
High Temperature In the lower 80s.
Winds Southeast winds around 5 mph, becoming
west in the afternoon.
Tides
Kona Low 0.4 feet 11:19 AM HST.
High 1.0 feet 03:55 PM HST.
Kawaihae Low 0.1 feet 11:55 AM HST.
High 0.7 feet 04:38 PM HST.
Sunrise 7:01 AM HST.
Sunset 6:08 PM HST.
TONIGHT

Weather Partly cloudy.
Low Temperature In the mid 60s.
Winds North winds around 5 mph.
Tides
Kona Low -0.2 feet 09:54 PM HST.
High 2.1 feet 05:09 AM HST.
Kawaihae Low -0.2 feet 09:57 PM HST.
High 2.4 feet 05:14 AM HST.
WEDNESDAY

Weather Mostly sunny. Scattered showers.
High Temperature In the lower 80s.
Winds Northeast winds around 5 mph, becoming
west in the afternoon.
Tides
Kona Low 0.3 feet 11:50 AM HST.
High 1.0 feet 04:32 PM HST.
Kawaihae Low 0.1 feet 12:23 PM HST.
High 0.8 feet 05:15 PM HST.
Sunrise 7:01 AM HST.
Sunset 6:09 PM HST.

Swell Summary

Buoy 51001, northwest of the state, has just now begun to rise with the new northwest (310 degrees) swell over the last couple of hours. The swell appears to be running later than guidance, so swell heights will likely rise locally later this afternoon through tonight, with a peak Wednesday. Surf generated by this swell is expected to reach High Surf Advisory (HSA) criteria along most north and west facing shores of the smaller islands on Wednesday. With its slightly more westerly direction, this swell could push surf near or above the 8 foot HSA criteria along west facing shores of the Big Island later Wednesday. This swell will gradually lower Thursday, The initial forerunners from a larger northwest swell (of similar direction) will arrive early Friday. This swell is expected to rise rapidly, with resulting surf likely exceeding High Surf Warning (HSW) thresholds along most north and west facing shores of the smaller islands from as early as Friday afternoon, but most likely that evening. An HSA will likely be required for the west facing shores of Big Island Friday night as well, with a possible HSW by early Saturday morning.

NORTH EAST

am        pm  

Surf: Small scale (ankle to knee high) surf.

Conditions: Sideshore texture/chop with SSE winds 10-15mph in the morning shifting ESE 15-20mph in the afternoon.

NORTH WEST

am        pm  

Surf: Minimal (ankle high or less) surf.

Conditions: Fairly clean in the early morning with S winds 5-10mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions move in during the morning hours with the winds shifting SW 10-15mph.

WEST

am        pm  

Surf: Minimal (ankle high or less) surf.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with ESE winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the SSW.

SOUTH EAST

am        pm  

Surf: Minimal (ankle high or less) surf.

Conditions: Bumpy/semi bumpy with E winds 5-10mph.

Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com