The graph illustrates how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical December. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with dark blue strongest. It is based on 1736 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Fernandina Beach Pier, located 45 km away (28 miles). There are too few recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. No doubt some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Fernandina Beach Pier blows from the ENE. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Fernandina Beach Pier. By contrast, dominant spokes illustrate favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average December, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 9% of the time (3 days each December) and blows offshore 24% of the time (6 days in an average December). During a typical December wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was forecast for only a single days at Fernandina Beach Pier
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.