Aberystwyth harbour trap Wind Statistics, May averages since 2006
This picture shows how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical May. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with the darkest shade of blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 2197 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Aberystwyth harbour trap, located 29 km away (18 miles). There are too few recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Invevitably some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the prevailing wind at Aberystwyth harbour trap blows from the WSW. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Aberystwyth harbour trap. Converseley, dominant spokes represent favoured directions, and the more the darkest shade of blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average May, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 8% of the time (2 days each May) and blows offshore 19% of the time (0 days in an average May). In a typical May wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was predicted for only a single days at Aberystwyth harbour trap
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.