Thoulars Wind Statistics, All Year averages since 2006
The rose diagram describes how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical year. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the strongest winds shown by deep blue. It is based on 23151 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Thoulars, located 25 km away (16 miles). There are not enough recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Invevitably some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.
According to the model, the dominant wind at Thoulars blows from the W. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Thoulars. On the other hand, dominant spokes illustrate favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average year, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 8% of the time (29 days each year) and blows offshore 39% of the time (139 days in an average year). In a typical year winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 40 days at Thoulars
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.