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Aberdeen ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.5

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Aberdeen Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Aberdeen that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere summer. It is based on 7264 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SE, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the SW. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 12% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere summer. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Aberdeen is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Aberdeen about 12% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 27% of the time. This is means that we expect 35 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere summer, of which 11 days should be surfable.

IMPORTANT: Beta version feature! Swell heights are open water values from NWW3. There is no attempt to model near-shore effects. Coastal wave heights will generally be less, especially if the break does not have unobstructed exposure to the open ocean.