Mouse Rock Wind Statistics, December averages since 2006
This picture illustrates how frequently 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 the darkest shade of blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 1961 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Mouse Rock, located 50 km away (31 miles). There are insufficient 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 dominant wind at Mouse Rock blows from the WNW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Mouse Rock. 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. During a typical December, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 18% of the time (5 days each December) and blows offshore 28% of the time (8 days in an average December). Over an average December wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was predicted for only a single days at Mouse Rock
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.