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Umhlanga ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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Umhlanga Wind Statistics, Autumn averages since 2006

The graph describes how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical southern hemisphere autumn. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with the darkest shade of blue strongest. It is based on 8052 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Umhlanga, located 32 km away (20 miles). There are insufficient recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. No doubt some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3.

According to the model, the prevailing wind at Umhlanga blows from the SE. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Umhlanga. Converseley, 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. Over an average southern hemisphere autumn, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 17% of the time (15 days each southern hemisphere autumn) and blows offshore 29% of the time (26 days in an average southern hemisphere autumn). During a typical southern hemisphere autumn wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was predicted for only a single days at Umhlanga

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.