Aropaonui Wind Statistics, January averages since 2006
The figure shows how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical January. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue implies the strength, with the darkest shade of blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 2372 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Aropaonui, located 24 km away (15 miles). There are too few recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Invevitably some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the most common wind at Aropaonui blows from the ESE. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Aropaonui. Converseley, dominant spokes illustrate favoured directions, and the more dark 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 (light blue) about 20% of the time (6 days each January) and blows offshore 41% of the time (11 days in an average January). During a typical January winds exceeding >40kph (25mph) are not expected, but 2 have winds on the range 30-40 (19-25) at Aropaonui
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.