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West Pier (Port Alfred) Wind Stats

Wind Stats

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This picture describes how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different directions over a normal May. The longest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the darkest shade of blue showing the strongest winds. It is based on 3440 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to West Pier (Port Alfred), located 44 km away (27 miles). There are insufficient recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. Invevitably some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3. According to the model, the dominant wind at West Pier (Port Alfred) blows from the SSW. If the rose graph shows a fairly circular pattern, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at West Pier (Port Alfred). By contrast, dominant spokes show favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. During a typical May, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (pale blue) about 9% of the time (3 days each May) and blows offshore 28% of the time (8 days in an average May). Over an average May winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 5 days at West Pier (Port Alfred)

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