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Dunedin - Taieri Mouth ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.4

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Dunedin - Taieri Mouth Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Dunedin - Taieri Mouth that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March and is based upon 2964 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 represent increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was S, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 36% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal March but 7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 7%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Dunedin - Taieri Mouth is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Dunedin - Taieri Mouth about 36% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 22 days with waves in a typical March, of which 11 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.