North Atlantic Ocean Spawns Largest Wave Ever Recorded
Scientists from the World Meteorological Organization have measured the largest wave ever recorded: a six-story behemoth in the North Atlantic Ocean. The data was taken from a buoy located between Iceland and the U.K., and a committee has classified the the 62.3-foot wave as the highest ever measured by a buoy. The previous record of 59.96 feet was measured in 2007, and also occurred in the North Atlantic at around the same time of the year. Scientists attribute the swells to strong cold fronts, which may produce winds of up to 43.8 knots or 50.4 miles an hour in the area. These monster waves typically occur in the North Atlantic, where wind circulation patterns and atmospheric pressure in winter leads to intense extra-tropical storms.
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