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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BIGHT WIND FORCASTS
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WIND ANALYSIS
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Wind Models

Knowing the winds over the oceans as well as near the coast are critical for the safe operation of marine interests. Buoys and instrumented ships and boats measure winds over the Ocean. A wind barb is used to represent wind direction and speed. The longest line points in the direction that the wind is blowing from. For example, if it is pointing to the southwest, this represents a southwest wind direction (see figure below). The shorter lines are called barbs. They represent the wind speed in knots. The shortest barb represents 5 knots. A long barb represents 10 knots and a pennant 50 knots.

Wind blowing from the southwest (225 degrees) at 25 knots.
Arrows can also be used to represent the wind. The arrow usually points in the direction the wind is moving towards and the length of the stem of the arrow represents the wind speed. The longer the stem the higher the wind speed.

 

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