The graph illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical northern hemisphere spring. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with deep blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 4850 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Gray Whale Cove, located 7 km away (4 miles). There are insufficient 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 most common wind at Gray Whale Cove blows from the W. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Gray Whale Cove. Converseley, 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 northern hemisphere spring, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 15% of the time (14 days each northern hemisphere spring) and blows offshore 17% of the time (15 days in an average northern hemisphere spring). In a typical northern hemisphere spring wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was forecast for only a single days at Gray Whale Cove
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.