Santa Comba Wind Statistics, November averages since 2006
The figure illustrates how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical November. The longest 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 showing the strongest winds. It is based on 1734 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Santa Comba, located 18 km away (11 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. No doubt some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the prevailing wind at Santa Comba blows from the NW. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Santa Comba. By contrast, dominant spokes represent 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 November, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 7% of the time (2 days each November) and blows offshore 30% of the time (9 days in an average November). During a typical November winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 4 days at Santa Comba
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.