Agate and Pearl Street Wind Statistics, January averages since 2006
This chart illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical January. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the strongest winds shown by deep blue. It is based on 2372 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Agate and Pearl Street, located 21 km away (13 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Without question some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Agate and Pearl Street blows from the W. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Agate and Pearl Street. By contrast, dominant spokes show 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 January, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 31% of the time (10 days each January) and blows offshore 53% of the time (15 days in an average January). During a typical January winds exceeding >40kph (25mph) are not expected, but 0 have winds on the range 30-40 (19-25) at Agate and Pearl Street
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.