Ahu Ahu Road Wind Statistics, Summer averages since 2006
The figure illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical southern hemisphere summer. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the darkest shade of blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 6931 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Ahu Ahu Road, located 17 km away (11 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. No doubt some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Ahu Ahu Road 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 Ahu Ahu Road. Converseley, 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 southern hemisphere summer, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 12% of the time (11 days each southern hemisphere summer) and blows offshore 27% of the time (25 days in an average southern hemisphere summer). During a typical southern hemisphere summer wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was forecast for only a single days at Ahu Ahu Road
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.