Boating forecast for Dunedin

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  1. Extremely useful for viewing the forecast at a glance. You can quickly tell when the conditions are likely to better for boating and fishing.
  2. The summaries are useful to assist in understanding the weather patterns as well as planning your day and trips.
  3. The arrows show the direction of the wind. The direction of the wind is from the origin e.g. an easterly wind blows to the west. The dotted line is gust speed of the wind. For most spots you want the wind to be light (0 - 10 kts) for ocean conditions to be comfortable.
  4. The Sea height is the total wave height which includes both swell and chop. This is the most critical variable when looking at this forecast since a big sea height could be hazardous to boats or fishing off rocks etc. Swell refers to the height of the swell. The smaller the better. Chop refers to the height of the ocean chop. The less chop, the more comfortable conditions will be.
  5. The greater the swell period, the more comfortable the conditions are likely to be. It is believed sea sickness is triggered by a swell period around 5-6 seconds. However, the ocean chop can also cause sea sickness, so be aware of that too, especially if sea direction is considerably different to swell direction.
  6. Swell direction is represented by the origin of the swell. A westerly swell is moving to the east.
  7. Sea direction is represented by the origin of the chop. If there is not much chop this is not such a factor. However, you should check this variable if there is substantial chop, since if the swell direction is opposing the sea direction and swell and chop height are over 1 m, conditions could be rough.
  8. SwellMap presents tides as LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide), which is the height above the lowest tidal water level

Forecast updated at 16:45 Saturday 20 September (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Forecast updated at 16:45 Saturday 20 September (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Sat 20 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h11.31.10.610E--SW:2127
9h41.21.10.610SESWW:810
15h31.31.00.810SESWSW:1823
21h21.71.01.410SESS:1823
Low: 06:10 am (0.49 m); High: 12:30 pm (1.85 m); Low: 06:30 pm (0.5 m);
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Sun 21 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h22.01.41.49SSSW:1417
9h22.01.51.39S--W:1821
15h22.21.31.88SSWSW:2431
21h22.31.41.89SSWW:2431
High: 12:50 am (1.8 m); Low: 06:50 am (0.47 m); High: 01:10 pm (1.86 m); Low: 07:10 pm (0.48 m);
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Mon 22 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h24.33.22.810SSWS:2937
9h24.13.12.710SSS:2835
15h23.22.32.111SSSW:2633
21h22.52.01.511S--W:1417
High: 01:30 am (1.82 m); Low: 07:30 am (0.45 m); High: 01:50 pm (1.86 m); Low: 07:50 pm (0.46 m);
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Tue 23 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h22.41.81.510S--W:2227
9h23.12.02.49SSWW:2633
15h23.02.02.310SSWW:2633
21h23.02.22.013SSWW:2227
High: 02:10 am (1.83 m); Low: 08:10 am (0.44 m); High: 02:30 pm (1.86 m); Low: 08:30 pm (0.45 m);
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Wed 24 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h23.52.92.015SSWSW:1925
9h23.73.31.717S--SW:1316
15h23.43.11.416S--SW:1216
21h23.02.71.415S--W:1012
High: 02:40 am (1.84 m); Low: 08:40 am (0.43 m); High: 03:00 pm (1.87 m); Low: 09:00 pm (0.43 m);
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Thu 25 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h22.62.21.414S--W:1316
9h32.21.91.113SNWW:1012
15h22.21.71.413SWW:1923
21h22.31.71.512SSWW:1619
High: 03:10 am (1.86 m); Low: 09:20 am (0.42 m); High: 03:30 pm (1.87 m); Low: 09:40 pm (0.43 m);
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Fri 26 SepRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h31.81.41.112S--W:810
9h41.61.30.911S--NW:46
15h41.71.40.912SNEN:1214

Forecast updated at 16:45 Saturday 20 September (Pacific/Auckland local time)

Current sea temperature

Dunedin sea temperature: 10°C

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Rating information for Boating

This rating is a guide to determine how pleasant the boating conditions are likely to be. But this should not be treated as a substitute for using all available sources of information for the purpose of safety.
10A green rating between 7 and 10 indicates calm waters, based on little or no wind, and swell height less than a metre.
6An orange rating between 4 and 6 indicates average boating conditions, possibly affected by light-fair winds, and a swell height around 1-2 metres.
1A red rating between 1 and 3 suggests poor and possibly dangerous conditions such as strong winds and a big swell height 2-3 metres plus.
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