Weather and Sea conditions


Tides and Currents

Tides
Amplitude of tides at the EBOME  MARINE  TERMINAL averages 1.2 m with possible variations between 0.4 and 2.1 meters.

Currents
Surface currents, mainly influenced by the Guinea currents, generally flow towards the southwest and rarely exceed a speed of 1 knot.


Wind and Sea

Seasons

The year is characterized by two seasons :

- rainy season from June to September,
- variable season from October to May with low rain frequency.

Outdoor Temperature
The outdoor temperature varies from 22°C/72°F (July and August) to 30° C/86° F (February to April).

Seawater Temperature
Water temperature at the surface varies from 25° C/77° F (June to September) to 29° C/84° F (February).

Winds
The prevailing winds from 4 to 8 knots blow from the southwest sector throughout the year.

The strongest winds, up to 30 knots, are rare and occur from February to May, in October, and in December. They may accompany tornadoes generally travelling from east to west.

Swell
The predominant direction of the swell is South-Southwest with a trough 0.6 to 1.2 m, from October to February, an a trough 1.1 to 1.6 m, from February to September. Mean period is 5 seconds.

Visibility
Average visibility is 10 nautical miles. It may be reduced to a half mile by rainfall, specially from June to September.

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