Robert: 100 foot wave recorded off the coast of Newfoundland during Dorian

While the province slept Saturday night into Sunday morning, Dorian was working hard off the coast of the island. As the former hurricane made it’s way to Newfoundland, high winds caused by the storm system created a massive 100 foot (30 m) wave just off of the south-west coast.

Bill Carter, director of the Marine Institute’s Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, says the wave was recorded 2 a.m. Sunday by an oceanographic buoy about 2.5 kilometres off the coast of Port aux Basques. “We had three or four maximum wave heights in the area of 25 metres, and a single wave height of 30.2 metres.”

Carter theorizes some combination of low pressure, wind, proximity to shore and the tides combined to create what he calls “perfect conditions” for a large wave.

Dorian brought hurricane-force wind gusts to the province during the tail end of it’s journey. Areas of Newfoundland saw gusts in upwards of 150 km/h at times.

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