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post #3 of Old 07-23-2007
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Nolatom is correct. Inland or coastal, fetch plays a big role as well, and the swell and the wave trains can run counter to each other, with the current being a third element: hence, "confused seas" and a pretty horrible ride.

Buoy data often includes "period" (the time between crests) and with that and the wind speed, one can guesstimate the length.
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