The rose diagram illustrates how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical June. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue suggests the strength, with the strongest winds shown by dark blue. It is based on 1608 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to West Dale, located 26 km away (16 miles). There are insufficient 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 prevailing wind at West Dale blows from the WSW. If the rose diagram shows a close to circular outline, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at West Dale. Converseley, dominant spokes show favoured directions, and the more dark blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average June, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 16% of the time (5 days each June) and blows offshore 27% of the time (5 days in an average June). In a typical June winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 2 days at West Dale
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.