Lackan Bay Wind Statistics, December averages since 2006
The figure describes how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal December. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with dark blue strongest. It is based on 1961 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Lackan Bay, located 30 km away (19 miles). There are insufficient recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Without question some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Lackan Bay blows from the NW. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Lackan Bay. On the other hand, dominant spokes represent favoured directions, and the more dark blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical December, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 3% of the time (1 days each December) and blows offshore just 32% of the time (9 days in an average December). Over an average December winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 7 days at Lackan Bay
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.