Thursday, October 15, 2009

Late Season South Swell heading for the Islands

Maybe we will see surf like the photo above on Saturday!

Southeast shores of the Big Island awoke to clear skies, light northeast breezes and a warm eighty degrees by 10:00 AM. Light winds and dry conditions are set to continue into the weekend.

Ocean swell forecasters are predicting a large southerly swell to begin building along the shores tomorrow at 2 to 3 feet and peaking Saturday at around 8 feet. A south swell of this size in late October is always a surfers delight and if the winds continue as gentle as they are today we should have epic autumn surfing conditions along south & southeast shore breaks.

Last night at the Civil Defense active lava viewing area there was a strong ocean entry plume split into two plumes close together and set against dark rain clouds making for a dramatic scene in the afternoon and at dusk. After dark, orange-red lava colors undulated brightly up from the plumes base. There were a few small explosive sparks shooting out once in awhile.

Lava flowing down the hills to the north of the viewing area continued but remain several miles away from the viewing area and pose no threat to roads.

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