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Scotland lays claim to highest seas in the World

Sea wavesAnyone with the slightest interest in renewables will be aware of the interest which has been shown in the seas off the north west coast of Scotland in recent years, with a number of research and development centres being opened there, and many advocates suggesting that the power in those waters could not only provide electricity for Scotland, but allow it to be exported as well.

It looks as if they knew what they were talking about, as it seems that the North Atlantic has given Scotland some of the largest waves on the Earth, a phenomenon confirmed on Monday when wave heights of 14.3 m (46.90 feet) were recorded there, and described as the highest anywhere in the World:

Scotland and Ireland experienced the highest seas anywhere in the world earlier this week, according to swell models. But what is a swell model and how do they work?

Far off the Western Isles in the North Atlantic a buoy called K5 gathers data on the movement of the sea.

The information is monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organisations such as the Met Office.

The data is also among resources surfers’ website Magicseaweed.com in Kingsbridge, South Devon, uses to create swell models – forecasts of wave sizes out to sea and their size close to shore.

On Monday, K5 – also known as station 64045 – was relaying some big numbers.

Wave heights of 14.3m (46.90ft) were recorded during Monday to create the highest seas anywhere in the world on that day, according to Magicseaweed.com’s modelling.

Via Storm force – Scotland experiences the highest seas in the world

The size of the waves was verified by meteorological service Magicseaweed, which tracks sea swells and tidal movements across the globe.

Sea swells occur when storms are met by large land masses, which force wind and waves tightly together to create pockets of extreme activity. A phenomenon known as the Greenland Tip Jet sees these swells formed by Greenland’s coast, and pushed towards the Scottish and Irish coasts, and one of these swells pointing directly at the west of Scotland was the cause of this week’s extreme waves.

The waves battered the Western Isles on Monday, and smashed down a wall at Fair Isle’s South Lighthouse. Debris was washed over 200 yard inland by the wave, which could be seen an hour before it hit the island.

Forecaster Ben Freeston said: “It’s probably accurate to say that Scotland has some of the largest waves on Earth.”

Via World’s biggest waves hit Scotland – Environment – Scotsman.com

I can almost hear the keyboards in VisitScotland’s media centre clicking into action, as the boss decrees that articles be circulated inviting surfers to the area in an effort to reach the “50% by 20156″ tourism increase decree 🙂

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February 7, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian, Maritime | , , , , , ,

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