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Parengarenga Harbour Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Parengarenga Harbour Bar Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Parengarenga Harbour Bar that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal March. It is based on 2716 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was ENE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SE. 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 occur in a normal March. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Parengarenga Harbour Bar is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Parengarenga Harbour Bar about 4% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 19% of the time. This is means that we expect 7 days with waves in a typical March, 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.