Originally Posted by jaasun71
Would this be considered a Freak wave / Rogue wave ? I was at the beach in 1992 when this happened and luckily didnt have my car parked on the beach.
The Florida Rogue Wave
That must have been something to see. Sounds more something in the tsunami family
rather than a rogue as usually described.
As I understand it, wave height conforms to a statistically normal distribution from any energy source. That's why reported wave height is referred to as the average height of the highest one third of the waves. Implicit in that number is that the biggest waves will be significantly higher than that average height. Add to that, when waves from multiple sources overlap they can create an interference
interaction that reduces the net wave height or a harmonic relationship that increases it. The result still varies with a normal distribution so the statistical outliers of the harmonic interaction of multiple wave trains are going to be a whole lot larger than the average reported height. Net effect is that very large waves that are statistically predictable. They are "freaks" or "rogues" the same way a seven foot individual with normal pituitary function (think Shaquille O'Neal) is a freak -- a statistical anomaly that is rare but not due to any special deviation from the usual forces that create waves.