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Marine Weather Message in Effect for the Coastal Waters

Marine section from the Area Forecast Discussion
issued at: Feb 17, 2019 3:47 AM HST

A surface low about 210 nm northeast of Maui is forecast to track west through Monday. A trough extends southwest of the low to the Alenuihaha Channel. There will be fresh to strong north winds west of the trough and light to moderate variable winds east of the trough. As the trough shifts west over the next few day, fresh to strong southeast winds will spread over the eastern offshore waters, but are not expected to reach the Hawaiian Coastal Waters.

Seas at NOAA Buoy 51000 northeast of the islands have subsided to 14 ft, 11 seconds as of 2 AM Sunday. Surf from this swell is expected to remain at High Surf Advisory (HSA) levels along north facing shores through Sunday and at High Surf Warning (HSW) levels along east facing shores (where the threshold is lower). A new west northwest swell should peak today. Surf from this swell is expected to remain below HSA levels.

A Small Craft Advisory (SCA) is in effect through late tonight for most Hawaiian Waters, mainly for the large seas associated with the northeast swell, however winds will remain above SCA levels today in waters around Kauai County. With the new west northwest swell building today, expect seas to remain above the 10 ft SCA threshold in many locations at least through tonight.

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