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Carcavelos ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.8
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.5

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Carcavelos Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Carcavelos that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March. It is based on 2220 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 illustrates the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the N. 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 50% of the time, equivalent to 16 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 5% of the time (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Carcavelos is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Carcavelos about 50% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 37% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical March, of which 16 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.