Aligator Rock Wind Statistics, Spring averages since 2006
The graph describes how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical northern hemisphere spring. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with dark blue strongest. It is based on 6580 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Aligator Rock, located 42 km away (26 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 most common wind at Aligator Rock blows from the NNW. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Aligator Rock. On the other hand, dominant spokes illustrate 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 northern hemisphere spring, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 4% of the time (4 days each northern hemisphere spring) and blows offshore just 40% of the time (35 days in an average northern hemisphere spring). During a typical northern hemisphere spring winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 2 days at Aligator Rock
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.