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Faial ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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

This image shows only the swells directed at Faial that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal February. It is based on 2102 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NW, whereas the the prevailing 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 26% of the time, equivalent to 7 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 8% of the time (2 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Faial is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Faial about 26% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 66% of the time. This is means that we expect 26 days with waves in a typical February, of which 7 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.