This image shows how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical southern hemisphere summer. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with the strongest winds shown by dark blue. It is based on 5048 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Albatross, located 53 km away (33 miles). There are insufficient 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 Albatross blows from the SSW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Albatross. On the other hand, 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 (light blue) about 9% of the time (8 days each southern hemisphere summer) and blows offshore 39% of the time (14 days in an average southern hemisphere summer). In a typical southern hemisphere summer winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 4 days at Albatross
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.