The Strait Wind Statistics, February averages since 2006
This chart describes how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical February. 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 2032 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to The Strait, located 44 km away (27 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 most common wind at The Strait blows from the W. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at The Strait. By contrast, dominant spokes show 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 February, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 12% of the time (3 days each February) and blows offshore 33% of the time (7 days in an average February). In a typical February wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was forecast for only a single days at The Strait
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.