Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Monster ocean wave sets southern hemisphere record

Last November Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa 22 caught a monster 24m wave at Nazaré in Portugal Last November Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa 22 caught a monster 24m wave at Nazaré in Portugal
Ebony Burgess | 12 May, 2018, 21:37

A monster wave of eight-floor high almost 78 foot (23.8 meters) was recorded by scientists in the southern hemisphere of New Zealand on Tuesday.

While the wave that struck near New Zealand and broke Southern Hemisphere records was certainly a powerful one, the strongest wave that has ever been recorded was set in Alaska in 1958 and measured 100 feet in height.

A buoy in the Southern Ocean may have recorded the Southern Hemisphere's tallest wave this week.

As the Earth continues to grow warmer, researchers believe we will be seeing more of these types of storms, according to MetOcean Solutions' Peter McComb, who personally set up the solar buoy that recorded the record-breaking wave in the Southern Ocean.

The huge wave was recorded by a buoy in the Southern Ocean near Campbell Island, around 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of New Zealand.

The record holder for waves worldwide, according to the World Meteorological Organization, is a 19-meter (62.3 feet) significant wave height measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic on February 4, 2013. "This is a very exciting event", MetOcean Solutions senior oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant said.

According to NOAA the Southern Ocean is the "newest" named ocean.

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"Indeed, surfers in California can expect energy from this storm to arrive at their shores in about a week's time", he said. "That's around the size of the world-record for biggest wave ever surfed!".

And the biggest wave ever recorded?

The swell map showing the wave (the red dot is the buoy that picked up the reading).

"The ocean around Antarctica is unique and the least studied, despite occupying 22% of the global ocean surface", the report on the 24-meter wave reads.

"The Antarctic Ocean goes around the world without being blocked by land", he explains.

The storm also registered a "significant wave height" of 14.9 metres (48.9 feet) - that's the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) standard for measuring the volatility of the ocean, and means the average height of the highest third of measured waves.

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