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Historical Wind Speeds for South Padre

Check out the historic wind graphs for South Padre Island. The graph below shows wind from yesterday. The second graph shows the history of wind direction and speeds throughout the entire year. Figure out which months are the best to visit based on historic wind speeds!




Historic Monthly Wind Graphs by year

The graphs below have historic wind speed and wind direction which are organized by month so you can see what to expect for wind for any given month. Also note some graphs have a blue tint (representing el niño conditions), some have a pink tint (representing la niña conditions), the graphs with no tint are years with neither. For tinted graphs the Meteorological Analysis Team at Air Padre has indicated the average deviation from normal temperatures for the pacific waters associated with the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation). If you want to better understand how to use the wind graphs scroll to the bottom of the page.

January Historical Wind Graphs by year

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January is marked by the traditional winter wind patterns for South Padre Island. South to South-East winds increasing over a number of days as a north front approaches. Mid-winter norther's usually come in with winds above 30 knots (often 40+) which hold for 2-5 hours. The north winds then start a slow retreat across anywhere from 1-3 days. Sometimes a second arctic blast will come in close behind the first to energize the winds and extend the winds and big swells for 3-6 days or longer. After a norther' passes the winds will generally die off for a day before switching back to southerly and warming up. Bay temperatures vary because of the shallow depth but are usually lower 60's. Daytime average temperatures run 60-70 degrees with a ten year average high temp of 81 degrees.

Strong norther's kick up great wind swell ranging from 6-12 ft with 7-10 second periods. The down winder from the end of the road is the run of choice for the wave side of the island. If there is any west in the wind pull out before you get to where the buildings start (just upwind of La Quinta Hotel or county beach access 4) as the wind shadow can be bad.

For flat water the north flats are great for north east wind as there are no buildings upwind. With north or north-west wind the south flats offer a protected area on the north side with nice buttery water.

On south wind days most people will be in 3/2 wetsuits whereas during norther's you are more likely see people pulling out thicker stuff. Most Northers you will inevitably see one or more Canadians riding in board shorts and maybe even a local in a dry suit.

Historical Wind Graphs by year

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April Historical Wind Graphs by year

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May Historical Wind Graphs by year

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June Historical Wind Graphs by year

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July Historical Wind Graphs by year

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August Historical Wind Graphs by year

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September Historical Wind Graphs by year

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October is a good month for wind on South Padre Island. The daily light Southerly winds of August and September typically increase in strength to medium and strong levels and blow for 5 to 8 days or more at a stretch. The South winds can be driven by local thermal activity on hot days, as well as accelerated by approaching high pressure and dry air from northern states that are cooling off. This makes for great medium strength hot weather evening sessions as well as many all day long southerly high wind days.

October is also the first month of the fall season for South Padre Island to be hit by strong northerly winds. There are typically only 2 to 4 northers in October, but they generally hit hard and fast, and there is usually a very quick turn around time from South wind to North, sometimes only and hour or less. Northers in October typically last a day or two, with only 1 day or less turn around time for the South wind to build back up.

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November winds on South Padre Island are dominated by an equal number of days of strong hot southerlies and strong cool northerly winds. South winds typically blow for 4 to 7 days in a row at medium to strong levels, and typically increase from day to day before switching 180 degrees and blowing hard from the North. November Northers hit hard with strong wind, commonly greater than 35 mph and sometimes as high as 45+. Although they hit hard, November Northers generally last only 2 or 3 days with wind speeds decreasing each day. In November there is still a quick turn around from North wind to South, with typically only one to two days of un-rideable winds following a Norther, before South wind builds back to medium to strong levels. In November SPI can expect to be hit by 4 to 7 Northers, with great south winds in between.

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Other Weather Resource Pages

Current Winds

Current Wind

Get current wind speeds for South Padre Island and the rest of the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Wind History

Wind History

See wind history for South Padre Island by seasons and dates - what to expect for the upcoming season.

Wind Forecasts

Wind Forecast

View wind forecast for the upcoming days, weeks, and months for the North Flats on South Padre Island.

Tenperatures

Temperatures

View temperatures of water and air - past and present on South Padre Island, Texas.

Waves and Tides

Waves and Tides

See wave and tide charts for the two bodies of water surrounding SPI - Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay.

Severe Weather

Severe Weather

Watch severe weather as it develops and pertains to south Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

El Niño

El Niño/ La Niña

Learn about El Niño/ La Niña - Severe weather patterns that move through the oceans during select years and how they affect the wind.





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