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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2002

High surf advisory for all islands

By Vicki Viotti
Advertiser Staff Writer

The National Weather Service today issued a high surf advisory for northwest shores of all islands that is expected to remain in effect through tonight.

Surfers at these shores can expect breakers of 10 to 15 feet, said meteorologist Bob Burke, adding that waves of 4 to 7 feet are forecast for O'ahu's east shores.

A second surf advisory was in effect this morning for the northeast shores of Maui and the Big Island, with waves of 6 to 10 feet, but Burke said this advisory might be canceled later today.

The northwest waves were produced by gale-force winds far northwest of the Islands four days ago, Burke said. The northeast swells resulted from a low-pressure gale area to the northeast and a high-pressure area to the north, he added; this combined to produce high winds over the weekend and today's high surf.

Winds should decline over the next two nights, said lead forecaster Roy Matsuda, which means that low temperatures, still in the 60s, won't feel so cold. Thereafter, low temperatures will begin reaching into the 70s.

Heavier rainfall also is forecast for today and tomorrow because of a low-pressure high in the atmosphere.