comscore Trades return, largest swell of season arriving in isles late Monday | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Trades return, largest swell of season arriving in isles late Monday

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / FEB. 2016
                                The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing contest was held at Waimea Bay. Weather officials said a swell arriving Monday will likely be the largest of the season thus far.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / FEB. 2016

    The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing contest was held at Waimea Bay. Weather officials said a swell arriving Monday will likely be the largest of the season thus far.

Cloudy skies are expected over Hawaii island this afternoon as a lingering swath of moisture moves from west to east, according to weather forecasters.

For the rest of the isles, showers will favor windward slopes as locally breezy tradewinds develop across the state today.

The National Weather Service forecast for today is partly cloudy, with isolated afternoon showers and highs of 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, with northeast winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour. Tonight’s lows are to dip to 68 to 73 degrees.

Surf along north shores will be 3 to 5 feet today, building to 5 to 8 feet Saturday. Surf along east and west shores will be 2 to 4 feet today, building to 3 to 6 feet Saturday. Surf along south shores will be 1 to 3 feet today, building to 3 to 5 feet Saturday.

A series of small to moderate swells from the northwest and southwest will bring an increase in surf over the weekend.

On Monday, however, an extra large, west-northwest swell is expected fill in and peak above warning levels late Monday into Tuesday for north and west shores. Weather officials said this swell will likely be the largest of the season thus far.

A small craft advisory for Kauai’s northwest, windward and leeward waters, along with the Kauai Channel and Oahu’s windward waters, remains in effect through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Weather officials continue to warn of periods of coastal flooding along all Hawaiian shores due to unusually high water levels, with the highest potential during high tide early in the morning.

“The higher than normal astronomical tides peaked during the past two nights and will gradually lower over the next several days,” said NWS in a special weather statement. “Impacts of the higher than normal water levels may include flooding of beaches that normally remain dry, salt water inundation of typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps, and other coastal infrastructure.”

Another record high of 90 degrees, meanwhile, matched a previous record set in 1992 in Kahului on Christmas Eve.

Despite cooler temperatures in December, weather officials logged a total of 11 record highs and matches in Lihue and Kahului. A total of four records and four matches have been set in Kahului, so far, this month, while one record and two matches have been set in Lihue.

Comments (0)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up