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Carmel Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.8
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 3.2

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Carmel Beach Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Carmel Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year. It is based on 28044 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 highest 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 most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the dominant 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 106 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 1.8% of the time (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Carmel Beach is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Carmel Beach about 29% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 59% of the time. This is means that we expect 321 days with waves in a typical year, of which 106 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.