Lincoln City Nelscott Reef Wind Statistics, February averages since 2006
The figure illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical February. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with dark blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 1358 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Lincoln City Nelscott Reef, located 38 km away (24 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 prevailing wind at Lincoln City Nelscott Reef blows from the W. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Lincoln City Nelscott Reef. Converseley, dominant spokes show favoured directions, and the more the darkest shade of blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average February, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 9% of the time (3 days each February) and blows offshore 35% of the time (10 days in an average February). During a typical February winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 4 days at Lincoln City Nelscott Reef
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.