The Strait Wind Statistics, February averages since 2006
The figure describes how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal February. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with deep blue strongest. 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 represent favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical 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). Over an average February wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was predicted 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.