The rose diagram describes how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical northern hemisphere spring. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the darkest shade of blue strongest. It is based on 4858 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Playa Santa Maria, located 44 km away (27 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 most common wind at Playa Santa Maria blows from the SSW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Playa Santa Maria. On the other hand, dominant spokes illustrate 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 northern hemisphere spring, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 1.4% of the time (1 days each northern hemisphere spring) and blows offshore just 1.9% of the time (2 days in an average northern hemisphere spring). In a typical northern hemisphere spring wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was forecast for only a single days at Playa Santa Maria
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.