Boating forecast for Motunau Island

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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 17:29 Sunday 26 October (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Forecast updated at 17:29 Sunday 26 October (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Sun 26 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h11.00.70.810SENWNE:2939
10h41.00.70.710SEWNW:78
16h40.90.60.69SEEN:1012
22h30.80.60.510SESESE:1619
Low: 12:40 am (0.36 m); High: 07:00 am (1.92 m); Low: 01:10 pm (0.36 m); High: 07:20 pm (1.86 m);
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Mon 27 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h30.90.60.714SESESE:1214
10h31.00.70.814SESES:1216
16h51.00.80.614SESES:910
22h61.00.80.714SE--SE:56
Low: 01:30 am (0.34 m); High: 07:40 am (1.96 m); Low: 02:00 pm (0.33 m); High: 08:10 pm (1.87 m);
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Tue 28 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h71.00.80.613SE--E:46
10h41.00.80.613SENENE:1823
16h31.40.81.213NENENE:2633
22h22.60.92.47ENENE:2329
Low: 02:20 am (0.32 m); High: 08:30 am (2 m); Low: 02:50 pm (0.3 m); High: 09:00 pm (1.89 m);
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Wed 29 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h41.70.81.57E--NW:810
10h41.30.71.17ESWN:1216
16h41.10.60.97EWW:910
22h61.10.60.98ESWN:68
Low: 03:10 am (0.3 m); High: 09:30 am (2.02 m); Low: 03:50 pm (0.27 m); High: 09:50 pm (1.9 m);
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Thu 30 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h41.60.61.56SSWW:2025
10h31.50.51.46SESSW:2125
16h50.90.40.79SENNW:78
22h31.00.41.04WNWW:2025
Low: 04:10 am (0.28 m); High: 10:20 am (2.03 m); Low: 04:40 pm (0.24 m); High: 10:50 pm (1.91 m);
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Fri 31 OctRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h30.80.40.78SWSW:1214
10h50.80.50.69SENWSW:810
16h40.70.50.515SESW:1216
22h30.80.50.715SESWW:1823
Low: 05:00 am (0.25 m); High: 11:20 am (2.04 m); Low: 05:40 pm (0.22 m); High: 11:50 pm (1.93 m);
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Sat 1 NovRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
4h31.00.60.818SE--W:1417
10h51.00.80.618SENNW:78
16h30.90.80.517SESENW:1821

Forecast updated at 17:29 Sunday 26 October (Pacific/Auckland local time)

Current sea temperature

Motunau Island sea temperature: 12°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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