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Panama City Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 4.0

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Panama City Beach Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Panama City Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal October. It is based on 2973 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red shows largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SSE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NE. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 4% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal October. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Panama City Beach is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Panama City Beach about 4% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 25% of the time. This is means that we expect 9 days with waves in a typical October, of which 1 days should be surfable.

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.