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Old 14-12-2016, 04:50   #1
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World Record Wave

GENEVA: The U.N.'s weather agency Tuesday announced the highest wave on record – a behemoth that towered 19 meters (62.3 feet) above the North Atlantic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...north-atlantic
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Wouldn't that be 62.3/2=31.15 feet "above the North Atlantic?" (and below..)



Thats enormous, but for some reason (hollywood?) I thought they could get bigger out there.
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They must have missed these:

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Thar be monsters out thar!

Notice that this article says this is the "highest significant wave height measured by a buoy" and....

"Wave height is defined as the distance from the crest of one wave to the trough of the next; significant wave height means the average of the highest one-third of waves measured by an instrument.

The North Atlantic, between the Grand Banks underwater plateau off Canada, the south of Iceland and the west of Great Britain, is often the setting for gigantic waves, thanks to wind patterns which lead to “intense extra-tropical storms” sometimes called “bombs”, the WMO said.

The new wave height has been added to the WMO’s Global Weather & Climate Extremes Archive, which tracks such milestones. The highest significant wave height measured by a ship observation occurred in the North Atlantic in February of 2000, and measured 29.05 meters (95.03 ft), according to the archive."
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Seems they missed Nazare as well.. here Garret McNamara surfing a 100ft+ plus monster..
Its an awesome sight standing up on the cliff watching these babies rolling in..


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Waves tend to stack as they reach shallow water. A 60+ foot wave in the open ocean would be truly monstrous if it ran up a beach.
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Nazare is kinda unique in that there's a deep canyon that winds it way right up to the coast which tends to funnel and build these sea's in the right conditions..
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Re: World Record Wave

This is why there's so much distrust in the news media.

The article starts with a photo of a surfer on a wave breaking near a beach. Totally unrelated to the story.

The title of the article uses the word "wave", in the singular, as do the first five paragraphs.

In the fifth paragraph is the first hint that we may not be talking about "a wave" but "significant wave height" as measured over time by a buoy. This is then defined in the next paragraph, which is good.

But this discrepancy is not explained. Was it a single "rogue" wave or the significant wave height over a period of time? It's as if the author didn't read his/her own article.

Maybe if "real" news outlets hired competent reporters, people wouldn't feel the need to seek out "fake" news sites.
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This is why there's so much distrust in the news media.

The article starts with a photo of a surfer on a wave breaking near a beach. Totally unrelated to the story.

The title of the article uses the word "wave", in the singular, as do the first five paragraphs.

In the fifth paragraph is the first hint that we may not be talking about "a wave" but "significant wave height" as measured over time by a buoy. This is then defined in the next paragraph, which is good.

But this discrepancy is not explained. Was it a single "rogue" wave or the significant wave height over a period of time? It's as if the author didn't read his/her own article.

Maybe if "real" news outlets hired competent reporters, people wouldn't feel the need to seek out "fake" news sites.
Hmmm, I think we may have just misunderstood.

They come right out and say it was the highest wave height *measured by a buoy*.

Then they blab on about waves.
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Seems they missed Nazare as well.. here Garret McNamara surfing a 100ft+ plus monster..
Its an awesome sight standing up on the cliff watching these babies rolling in..
They are talking about mid-ocean waves, not the surf waves that build up in shallow coastal waters.
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This report reminded me of the movie "The Poseidon Adventure" which is about a boat capsized by a Tidal Wave (as described in the movie, it happened due to an earthquake) capsizing a cruise ship. Here is a clip of that moment as imagined by Hollywood, when a large ship encounters a larger wave. As many sailors know, a true tidal wave will usually appear very low when at sea, and only becomes higher when it reaches the shallow water near shores. In contrast, the seas mentioned in the article are found out in the open ocean.
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Delancy

We had an East Coast Low off SE Australia last year and the wave rider buoy off Green Cape measured 22 metres - so along with other answers to your post - there are large waves and tall stories.

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Hmmm, I think we may have just misunderstood.

They come right out and say it was the highest wave height *measured by a buoy*.

Then they blab on about waves.
Consider the part of the article which said:

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Classified as “the highest significant wave height as measured by a buoy” by the WMO Commission for Climatology’s Extremes Evaluation Committee, the wave crushed the previous record of 18.275 meters (59.96ft), measured in December 2007 in the North Atlantic.
We can only guess what's going on in writer's mind, but it could be the first part of that sentence is the kernel of truth around which the rest of the tale was spun.

It could be the biggest misunderstanding was on the part of the author.
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I have seen 100 ft waves in the south china sea but that was on a ship not a buoy . That was back in 1989 we lost a crewman that trip when a 50+ ft rogue took him right off the deck of the boat.
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