This chart describes how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical February. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue implies the strength, with the strongest winds shown by dark blue. It is based on 1128 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2009, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Whitley Bay, located 29 km away (18 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 most common wind at Whitley Bay blows from the NNE. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Whitley Bay. 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 February, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 4% of the time (1 days each February) and blows offshore just 24% of the time (2 days in an average February). In a typical February wind stronger than >40kph (25mph) was expected for only a single days at Whitley Bay
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.