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Elwha ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 2.6

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Elwha Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Elwha that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical February. It is based on 2440 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was W, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the SE. 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 28% of the time, equivalent to 8 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 9% of the time (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Elwha is quite sheltered from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Elwha about 28% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 28% of the time. This is means that we expect 16 days with waves in a typical February, of which 8 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.