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Forecast: Hazy skies blanket Hawaii and the biggest swell of the season peaks today

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We continue to say aloha to the trades on this Wednesday. As the light winds take over the state, the vog will accompany them. We are expecting hazy skies through Friday. If you are sensitive to the vog, it may be best to spend extra time inside. We are also not seeing a whole lot of rain activity on our state radar.  It has been fairly dry all day long.

When will we get some relief? A weak front will sweep over Kauai on Friday and then Oahu and Maui County on Saturday. This will bring the trade winds back behind it, as an area of high pressure builds in. This may also bring a few windward and mauka showers for the western-end of the state. And then the trade winds take a hike again. They are not staying for long, as light and variable winds along with haze returns next week.

We are tracking the largest swell of the season. So far this winter, it has been above average with nine warning-level swells taking on Hawaii. In January alone, seven of the nine warning-level swells have been creating enormous surf. As we talked about throughout the season, these are all El Nino driven. The current swell will peak tonight and then gradually diminish into Friday. Another significant northwest swell is expected to arrive early Monday and lower Tuesday.

NWS Surf Outlook: HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES
-Surf along north facing shores will be rising to 35 to 45 feet by this afternoon, lowering to 24 to 32 feet Thursday.
-Surf along west facing shores will be rising to 20 to 30 feet by this afternoon, lowering to 16 to 22 feet Thursday.
-Surf along east facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet through Thursday.
-Surf along south facing shores will be 1 to 3 feet through Thursday.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories
High surf warning until 6 pm HST Thursday for north and west facing shores of Niihau Kauai Oahu Molokai and north facing shores of Maui.
High surf advisory until 6 pm HST Thursday for west facing shores of the Big Island.

Jennifer Robbins and Guy Hagi

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