El Balneario Wind Statistics, All Year averages since 2006
This image illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal year. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue implies the strength, with the strongest winds shown by deep blue. It is based on 21604 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to El Balneario, located 35 km away (22 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Without question some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the prevailing wind at El Balneario blows from the W. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at El Balneario. On the other hand, dominant spokes show favoured directions, and the more the darkest shade of blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical year, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 10% of the time (36 days each year) and blows offshore 21% of the time (66 days in an average year). Over an average year winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 7 days at El Balneario
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.