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San Miguel - Areias ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.6

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San Miguel - Areias Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at San Miguel - Areias that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere spring. It is based on 6580 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red shows biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 22% of the time, equivalent to 20 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 11% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 11%, equivalent to (10 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that San Miguel - Areias is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at San Miguel - Areias about 22% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 42% of the time. This is means that we expect 58 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 20 days should be surfable.

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.