19-Meter Wave Sets A New World Record

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 10:35am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

19-Meter Wave Sets a New World Record
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A super wave or tsunami that was 19 meters (62.3 feet) in height has set a novel record of sorts. It transpired between Iceland and the UK.

A committee of researchers at the WMO recorded in their minutes that a new record had been set by a super wave in the North Atlantic. It was 19 meters high.

Recorded by an automated buoy on the 4th of February, 2013, the event occurred between Iceland and the UK. The cold front which caused it in the first place was also responsible for the production of winds greater than 43 knots in their force and fury.  

The previous record was of a wave that was 18.275 meters high. This was recorded on 8th December, 2007 in the same region. The WMO committee designated the 19 meter high wave as the highest ever measured by a buoy.

Experts from the US, UK, Canada and Spain were among the members of the committee. The buoy which recorded the occurrence was a part of the UK Met Office’s network.

Such buoys form an interlinked observatory of sorts from the vantage point of which these high waves could be recorded with precision, accuracy and fidelity. 

The 19 meter high wave was a phenomenal record. Such forecasts are helpful in maintaining the predictability of various oceanic regions for the sake of vessel security and safety.

Wave height is basically the difference between the crest and the trough. The world’s highest waves occur in the North Atlantic region instead of the Southern Ocean.

The waves are a part of intense storms that rage on. These storms have been called bombs. This new world record will serve as an additional piece of information for the WMO and its various networks. 

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