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Old 01-27-2006, 07:41 AM
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Anybody else catch the show last night on Discovery on "Killer Waves" ?????? Was REALLY cool.

After being refuted by scientists for years, it is now acknowledged that there are two types of waves, the second being considered of the "rouge" variety. Now proven that 100 ft. waves can literally come out of nowhere with no notice.
They also are much steeper than normal waves and constantly breaking over itself.

It was the German freighter "Meshun" (spelling?) that sank mysteriously in 1979, that provided the first real evidence when the steel pins that held the lifeboat in place, which was part of the only piece of physical evidence found. The only way the pins could have been bent in the manner that they were was by a tremendous force coming down from above and from the front of the ship.

The shipping industry loses a ship a week due to sinking. Now, what was always thought as corrosion or pilot error, these killer waves are believed to be responsible for many of these losses.

It was an incredible show.

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damn a ship a week. i wonder what percentage that is.
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Cool show !
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How far offshore do these waves develop?
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damn a ship a week. i wonder what percentage that is.

Sounds like a higher percentage than the airline industry.
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Most of these waves develop when winds and currents are at odds with each other (offshore). Also, most times the waves will develop, run for a while and then dissipate back to normal wave/swell heights. Vary rarely do they make it to shore. However, news reports from coastal areas cover loss of life from freak waves coming ashore, I think there was a few people in Maine a couple of years ago lost, and then a lot of damage in Daytona Beach in 1995 from a monster hitting there. But they don't stay on the story very long.
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no apaches lost tho
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thanks....there go our insurance rates!!
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Most of these waves develop when winds and currents are at odds with each other (offshore). Also, most times the waves will develop, run for a while and then dissipate back to normal wave/swell heights. Vary rarely do they make it to shore. However, news reports from coastal areas cover loss of life from freak waves coming ashore, I think there was a few people in Maine a couple of years ago lost, and then a lot of damage in Daytona Beach in 1995 from a monster hitting there. But they don't stay on the story very long.

Your exactly right. These waves can run from as little as 50/75 miles up to maybe 400 before disapating.

It's amazing that mariners said for years that these waves existed and scientists just blew them off.

What happens is that one rogue wave will rob the energy of surrounding waves and bang, you've got a monster born.
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it was on again today. then killer lakes came on which was pretty cool also.
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