Waimea Bay/Pinballs Wind Statistics, April averages since 2006
The graph illustrates how often and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical April. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with dark blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 1920 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Waimea Bay/Pinballs, located 40 km away (25 miles). There are not enough 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 dominant wind at Waimea Bay/Pinballs blows from the NNW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Waimea Bay/Pinballs. Converseley, dominant spokes represent favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average April, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 3% of the time (1 days each April) and blows offshore just 38% of the time (11 days in an average April). During a typical April wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was predicted for only a single days at Waimea Bay/Pinballs
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.