This picture describes how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal January. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with deep blue strongest. It is based on 1728 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Lauderdale Point, located 65 km away (40 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 Lauderdale Point blows from the SW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Lauderdale Point. Converseley, dominant spokes illustrate favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical January, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 9% of the time (3 days each January) and blows offshore 61% of the time (3 days in an average January). Over an average January winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 5 days at Lauderdale Point
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.