coastal sea Buoys recorded wave height at 50-60 feet.
January 18, 2018
Excerpt from Washington
"Three hours later, the waves arrived — and they kept growing. A buoy over Astoria Canyon — a giant trench on the Pacific’s floor — reported a maximum wave height of 60 feet. The buoy, measuring the waves from their base to their peaks, bobbed up and down like an express elevator in a skyscraper. Well into Thursday afternoon, the waves were still topping out above 50 feet.
Astoria Canyon sits 10 miles off the coast where Oregon
state meet at the mouth of the Columbia
River. The area is known to have some of the most treacherous waters in the world, but waves like this don’t happen every winter
. The storm that’s churning things up this week isn’t even particularly strong, but once in a while the winds align just right, creating such giant, damaging waves."
Photos and more reporting here:
Flooding reported as Washington coast battered by gigantic waves | KOMO