Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Australia’s Biggest Wave


Australia’s biggest wave was measured off the coast of Tasmania on 16 September 2010 at 18.4 metres. Not one for you avid surfers to tackle. This was a measure of the absolute wave height from trough to crest. As records of wave heights in Australia only go back 10 years or so, historically there have probably been larger wave events.

The information for today’s Fun Fact Wednesday was sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology who provide regular forecasts of wave heights for Bass Strait. Their reports typically refer to Significant Wave Height which is an average wave height as opposed to the absolute height of any particular one wave.

The Queensland Government also performs monitoring of wave heights for several locations off the coast, from Cairns to Tweed River.

Happy surfing!!

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