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post #10 of Old 11-05-2012
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Re: Why Waves Look Bigger From a Boat

I'm not sure if Walbridge was referring to continuous wave heights when he mentioned 70 feet or if he was referring to a rogue wave. Rogue waves used to be considered a freak of nature, occurring something like 100 years apart. Now we know through satellite imaging and storm buoys that rogues are a rather common occurrence. During the "Perfect Storm" of 1991, a buoy off the coast of Nova Scotia reported a wave height of 100.7 feet, so Walbridge may have experienced a wave 70' high in 98 knot winds.
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