Maui Surf

NW Swell Peaks at Advisory Levels Today

December 16, 2015, 1:54 AM HST
* Updated December 15, 10:12 PM
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Alerts

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for Maui County windward waters and channels through 6 a.m. Thursday. East winds are expected up to 25 knots and seas up to 10 feet.

A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north shores of Molokai and Maui through 6 p.m. Wednesday for surf building to 16 to 20 foot faces.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 7.25.30 PMMaui Surf Forecast

North: Wave heights are expected to be double overhead in the morning with the best exposures reaching triple overhead on the sets. Biggest in the morning.

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West: Wave heights head high to slightly overhead today. Spots not catching the swell are much smaller or flat.

South: Wave heights knee/waist high today with the best breaks possibly getting up to chest high.

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 7.25.39 PMA northwest swell is expected to continue filling in and peak Wednesday at or near advisory levels. The swell is forecast to diminish Wednesday night and Thursday.

A big surge in easterly winds has brought small craft advisory conditions over most coastal waters. Strong trades are expected for the second half of the week, in fact, winds may approach gale warning levels across the windier zones around the Big Island and Maui by late in the week.

Nothing of note expected out of the Southern Hemi for the final weeks of 2015.

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 Maui County weather report.**

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