The graph shows how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical year. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with deep blue strongest. It is based on 20064 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2006, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Short Sands_1, located 22 km away (14 miles). There are not enough 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 Short Sands_1 blows from the ENE. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Short Sands_1. On the other hand, 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 year, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (light blue) about 3% of the time (11 days each year) and blows offshore just 7% of the time (18 days in an average year). During a typical year winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 11 days at Short Sands_1
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.