This chart illustrates how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical northern hemisphere summer. The biggest 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 5066 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Gualala Rivermouth, located 37 km away (23 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Invevitably some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the most common wind at Gualala Rivermouth blows from the SW. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Gualala Rivermouth. By contrast, dominant spokes represent favoured directions, and the more dark blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average northern hemisphere summer, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 4% of the time (4 days each northern hemisphere summer) and blows offshore just 4% of the time (4 days in an average northern hemisphere summer). In a typical northern hemisphere summer winds exceeding >40kph (25mph) are not expected, but 5 have winds on the range 30-40 (19-25) at Gualala Rivermouth
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.