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Cliad Bay (Coll) ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Cliad Bay (Coll) Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Cliad Bay (Coll) that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May. It is based on 2696 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was W, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SW. 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 12% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal May. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Cliad Bay (Coll) is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Cliad Bay (Coll) about 12% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 42% of the time. This is means that we expect 17 days with waves in a typical May, of which 4 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.