Rogue Wave Wednesday


Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed the phenomenon of rogue waves on Lake Superior — waves double the size of others at the same time and which have been named as a potential cause of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Professor Chin Wu and research assistant Josh Anderson are studying rogue waves in the Apostle Islands area where they observed waves as high as 17.7 feet when the other waves at the time averaged only 8.9 feet.

The big waves, sometimes called freak or killer waves, tend to occur unexpectedly and with huge force that makes them especially dangerous.

Although the study is still in progress, preliminary results show an increase in the probability for rogue waves near reflecting walls — such as a shoreline cliff.

Wind speed and direction and currents are likely other factors, the researchers note. And they say one rogue wave probably means another is not far behind.



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15 Responses to Rogue Wave Wednesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Extreme events.


  2. Den says:

    As a Vietnam Era veteran, I recall that other illegal war that claimed 50K drafted youth of America.
    Now another meat-grinder war thanks to political ineptitude is waging with no end in sight, this time being fought by volunteers brainwashed into believing they are doing their duty.

    Now that we illegally killed enough people in the ME, the anger will burn in their minds for generations inspiring Jihads-O-Plenty and increasing the likelihood of more war.

    Send a thank you card to Obomber for his droning support.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Pete came over this morning, we watched “Supergirl,” and “Ash vs. the Evil Dead.”

    He left around noon. I fed us then took Quincy to Jill’s house at 2:00 p.m. Snickers was dropped off by her dad, Jill is going to dog-sit her the rest of the week. Which means I have to go to Jill’s house to take them out, play with them, feed them, sit with them in the house….I left them at 4:15. Jill will be home at 6:15.

    Tomorrow, I’ll go to her house at 9:00 a.m., stay until noon and she will be home at 2:30. Not sure about Friday’s schedule. Snickers is such a cute little dog. Her big fail is when she first sees someone new, she falls to the floor, belly up, and urine leaks out. When I get to Jill’s I open the door and let her out to greet me, let her pee outside, lol. Once she’s used to me she doesn’t do that. She’s a really sweet dog. Half as tall as Quincy is.


  4. º¿carol says:

    I paid Consumer Reports $12 last Christmas to be able to access their on-line site. Somehow I’m now automatically going to be charged every December, them using the credit card I used to sign up. Price shot up to $20. While I don’t recall allowing them to do that, maybe I didn’t uncheck a box, I’m going to allow it.

    We just got our new credit card, new expiration date. I went to Consumer’s site to update that information and son-of-a-bitch, they already had my new expiration date! HUH??? How the hell did they get that? Everything is intertwined now, long fingers, reaching company to company. We just got the fresh cards in the mail two days ago.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    51 minutes on the sticks to the dentist. Now back a short way to the Birch & Barley. 🙂


    • Den says:

      It stands to reason that water being uncompressable forces it way to the air which is above it.

      I think Lake Superior has unique shape of a V from shore to the bottom because it is very deep. Add in some vertical land masses combined with wind and strong currents the water stars hopping up and down raising the water level (waves) to unnavigable levels unless you have a submarine. Below a representation of LS’s bottom.


  6. Den says:

    Testing a new heater for the ARRRVee which might work better than the last one, not sure, like trying to heat a empty box of crackers with a match anyway, 30’s expected again.

    It’s like the weather flipped a switch and went from 80’s to 50’s in a week, skipping any days in the 70’s completely, and never went back up just further down.

    If I had the house I would be paying out the wazoo for propane so I guess it is all relative.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Recycling taken down.


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