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A similar phenomenon is occurring in sporting events, especially athletics. Obtuse?? Yes but maybe not as much as you think.
With each passing major world sporting event, new world records are being set almost routinely. Are the records really being broken? Maybe but then again maybe not. The timing devices are getting more and more accurate so the margins are getting smaller and smaller and where we were once recording with analogue stop watches and an average thumb on the button, now we're recording down to 1000/s of a second with laser beams and other whiz-bang devices. So the speed at which I run today may be the same as that which was run some years ago but I'm being timed better.
What has this to do with rogue waves? Well, these waves are not new, they have been around forever. The difference is we now have the ability to find them, record them and as technology improves, we'll find more and more methods to scare ourselves.
One thing is for sure - I won't be losing any sleep worryig about rogue waves.
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