Record Wave Heights During Hurricane Ivan
When Hurricane Ivan ripped through the Gulf of Mexico last year, it was one of the costliest hurricanes to strike U.S. soil in years. Analysis of data recorded from NOAA sensors last year shows that it set record wave heights, possibly exceeding 130 feet! The NRL-SPC directly measured a wave 91 feet when the eye of Hurricane Ivan passed over NRL moorings deployed last May in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the destruction done by Ivan has been attributed to a rogue wave, researchers say. Analysis of the wave data with the winds suggests the wave heights likely exceeded 130 feet near the eye wall of the hurricane, researchers said.
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