Riet River Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds
This image shows only the swells directed at Riet River that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical southern hemisphere summer. It is based on 5048 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 illustrates largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.
The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the most common 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 26% of the time, equivalent to 24 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 4% of the time (4 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Riet River is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Riet River about 26% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 48% of the time. This is means that we expect 67 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere summer, of which 24 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.