Sao Pedro Wind Statistics, Autumn averages since 2006
The figure illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal southern hemisphere autumn. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with dark blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 5802 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Sao Pedro, located 19 km away (12 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 dominant wind at Sao Pedro blows from the SSE. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Sao Pedro. By contrast, 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. During a typical southern hemisphere autumn, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 28% of the time (25 days each southern hemisphere autumn) and blows offshore 44% of the time (39 days in an average southern hemisphere autumn). Over an average southern hemisphere autumn winds exceeding >40kph (25mph) are not expected, but 2 have winds on the range 30-40 (19-25) at Sao Pedro
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.