The graph shows how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal year. The largest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue implies the strength, with deep blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 20068 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Sunset 2, located 42 km away (26 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Without question some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Sunset 2 blows from the SW. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Sunset 2. 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. During a typical year, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 31% of the time (113 days each year) and blows offshore 50% of the time (175 days in an average year). Over an average year wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was expected for only a single days at Sunset 2
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.