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High Surf Alerts in Effect Across Hawaii as Fernanda Approaches

22 Jul 2017, 1:56 pm

High surf advisories are in effect along the northeastern coastlines of the Hawaiian Islands through the weekend.  Fernanda continues to approach the island chain, however has weakened considerably.

The statistics on Fernanda as of Saturday at 5 a.m.

Fernanda, which was once a major hurricane packing wind gusts stronger than 150 miles per hour, has weakened considerably. The storm has run into much drier air, disruptive wind (shear), and some cooler ocean temperatures (compared to when it was a strengthening storm).

The forecast cone for Fernanda. The storm is expected to continue to weaken as it nears Hawaii, mainly causing bigger waves, swells, and rip currents.

Fernanda, or the remnants thereof, will likely bring a few extra showers and thundershowers to the islands of Hawaii late Sunday into Monday. In terms of wind, a gust of 20-25 miles per hour is likely but that’s about it in terms of any strong wind.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until at least 6 a.m. local time Monday for the areas shaded in purple.

Along with some higher surf usually comes some stronger rip currents. Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move out to sea from the shoreline. They can catch swimmers off guard, pulling them out hundreds of feet. Sometimes the rip currents are very hard to see as well. People should use caution swimming the next couple of days until Fernanda passes completely.

The tropical outlook for the Pacific Ocean. We are monitoring multiple storms, two tropical storms and two tropical depressions as of Saturday afternoon.
The forecast path for Tropical Depression 9 in the Eastern Pacific.

Of all the active storms, it appears Tropical Depression Nine-E has the best chance to become the strongest storm of all the ones we are tracking in the Pacific. If named it would be Hillary, assuming it strengthens before Tropical Depression Ten-E does.

The Atlantic Tropical Outlook for the next five days, through Wednesday (26th), shows little to no activity.

July may be ending quiet across the Atlantic. This is nothing too unusual as July tends to be one of the quieter hurricane months. However as we approach August it appears that the activity will ramp up pretty steadily, more specifically around the second week of August. That’s because we tend to get more tropical waves coming off of Africa that can evolve into hurricanes, plus the water in the central Atlantic is a little warmer than average right now. Any time a new system pops up in the Atlantic, you can rest assured we will bring you the information on WeatherNation and on

-For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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