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Pensacola Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 4.0

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

This image shows only the swells directed at Pensacola Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical October. It is based on 2479 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 show increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest 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 6% of the time, equivalent to 2 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal October. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds we estimate that clean surf can be found at Pensacola Beach about 6% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 30% of the time. This is means that we expect 11 days with waves in a typical October, of which 2 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.