62-Foot-Wave Sets New Record For World's Largest Wave

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 1:25pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 17 2016, 1:32pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

62-Foot-Wave Sets New Record for Largest Wave
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The new record for highest wave was occured back in 2013 in North Atlantic but it was confirmed recently

A huge wave occurred in North Atlantic Ocean sets the new world record for highest wave ever recorded. The record has been just confirmed by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

In February 2013, a monstrous wave was picked up by a floating device called buoy between the waters of Iceland and United Kingdom and it was measured 62-feet tall or as high as a six-story building, surpassing the previous record of 59.96 feet set in December 2007, also in the North Atlantic.

The wave was occurred after a very cold powerful front that generated the winds at the speed of 50 miles per hour. 

The delay in certifying the new record was due to cross-checking and verifying the measurements.

“This is the first time we have ever measured a wave of 19 meters. It is a remarkable record,” said WMO Assistant Secretary-General Wenjian Zhang. “It highlights the importance of meteorological and ocean observations and forecasts to ensure the safety of the global maritime industry and to protect the lives of crew and passengers on busy shipping lanes.”

The new record does not constitute a single wave. It takes into account the distance from the crest of one wave to the trough of the next, meaning it’s an average height of about 15-20 well-formed waves, which is far more detectable and measurable compared to a single wave.

North Atlantic has a reputation for producing world’s biggest waves. This typically happens in winters when atmospheric pressures and wind patterns generate intense tropical storms, leading to gigantic waves. Besides the second tallest wave, the highest wave measured by a ship also occurred in North Atlantic on February 8, 2000 and it was about 95 feet tall.

The new measurements can be used to make more accurate predictions about weather and climate. Satellites, weather stations, weather buoys, ships, and airplanes are all sources of weather data. Knowing the wind speed and height of waves can help forecast the weather in the coming few hours or next day.

“We need high quality and extensive ocean records to help in our understanding of weather/ocean interactions,” said Dr Zhang. “Despite the huge strides in satellite technology, the sustained observations and data records from moored and drifting buoys and ships still play a major role in this respect.”

 

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