Armadale Bay Wind Statistics, Autumn averages since 2006
This image describes how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal northern hemisphere autumn. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with dark blue strongest. It is based on 7252 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Armadale Bay, located 50 km away (31 miles). There are too few 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 Armadale Bay blows from the NW. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Armadale Bay. On the other hand, dominant spokes represent favoured directions, and the more dark blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical northern hemisphere autumn, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 3% of the time (3 days each northern hemisphere autumn) and blows offshore just 42% of the time (38 days in an average northern hemisphere autumn). Over an average northern hemisphere autumn winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 27 days at Armadale 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.