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Discovery Channel had a show on last night about rogue waves. They plotted where incidents occurred and found that there's an area where the current is 10 knots (mph maybe?) going around a cape. The wind-against-waves effect produces big steep waves there. (And I'd bet that the reduced depth near the cape would affect these waves to pile-up.)
They didn't mention Osborne's theory about non-linear waves. (And of course, every surfer knows that every x minutes a "set" comes in, which has bigger waves than normal. It's what all those surfers in the water are waiting for. Maybe Osborne's theory will explain that.)
US27inKS -- thanks for posting that. That satellite output showing rogue waves is amazing. I'd like to see more of that data than the 1/2 second they show in the video.
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Last edited by Bene505; 10-05-2009 at 09:45 AM.