FREAK WAVES AND FREAK WAVE FORECASTING

Freak waves, quite fortunately, are rare indeed. Some mariners will spend a thirty-year career on the sea and never encounter one. Those who do, cannot help being impressed with the awesome power of a freak wave. With no large accumulation of data on freak waves to feed to a computer, the freak wave, an aberration, is largely ignored by weather organizations. This paper, together with a companion paper, "Marine Automated Weather Station (MAWS) for Ships at Sea," offers ways to accumulate better ship reports on weather and on freak waves. The author calls for standardized reporting and archiving procedures to be developed for freak waves, and suggests that by using information presently available, forecasts of where freak waves might be encountered are quite feasible. The degree of skill in these forecasts, as always, depends upon the number of ship reports available.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Paper presented at National Weather Association Annual Meeting and Conference, New Carrollton, Maryland, October 15-19, 1990
  • Authors:
    • Nickerson, J W
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00661713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM