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63-Foot Waves off United Kingdom; High Winds in Europe

By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
12/16/2014, 6:50:51 AM

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UPDATE 12/11: A 63-foot wave was estimated by satellite last night:

UPDATE 12/10: A 52-foot wave was recorded by a buoy off the coast overnight:


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The hashtag "#weatherbomb" (coined by their newspapers) is the #1 Twitter Trend in the United Kingdom this morning, and the storm trends are dominating on TrendsMap.com:


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On shore, the waves are doing damage:


ORIGINAL BLOG: A very deep storm in the North Atlantic, not far from a strong high pressure system, will cause incredible wave heights midweek (I've literally never seen a forecast model predict waves this high). The storm is bound for Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe and will cause high winds there.


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Our map from the NOAA WaveWatch III model is shown above. Notice that the waves are literally off the chart -- our color scheme goes only to 48 feet. Other forecasts include 63 feet from the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center and 82 feet from a high-res local forecast model (see below - that could be overestimated because the model doesn't understand the surrounding weather situation, or it could be more accurate because it has a higher resolution). Facebook Fan Ian C. says "loads of surfers apparently have been arriving this weekend. All to go to a place called Mullaghmore in Sligo, renowned for it massive waves ."

Our forecast wind map is shown below; for more information and updates forecasts, read our news story.


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