Originally Posted by Minggat
Found this yesterday when I was checking on Fay.
I've never lived thru a hurricane
, so I have no idea what those of you on the other coast go thru. What happens to all that wave height when they reach shore? These sensors were under sitting at 200-300 feet deep! As they get closer to shore do they just fall on themselves sooner?
My theory/guess is that there isn't usually enough fetch usually in a hurricane to produce these wave heights where the water
meets the land. Remember... a hurricane, although large, is a local disturbance.
The average diameter of a hurricane's winds (the hurricane force part) is only 100 miles. So... taking into account that the winds are in a vortex pattern, there is probably only 50 miles of fetch under hurricane force winds, resulting in shorter seas than one might expect. (Neglecting the problem of the storm surge)
Larger waves are created by strong winds blowing across long stretches of open water
Well, that's my BS theory, anyway! ha ha