Brief Communication: Is there a wind connection to freaque wave occurrences?
P. C. Liu1, R. Bouchard2, W. E. Rogers3, A. V. Babanin4, and D. W. Wang31NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 2NOAA National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA 3Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA 4Center for Ocean Engineering, Science and Technology, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
Received: 21 Nov 2014 – Accepted for review: 07 Dec 2014 – Discussion started: 09 Jan 2015
Abstract. There was a recent freaque wave encounter near Scituate, Massachusetts by a local transport ferry en route from Provincetown to Boston. The encounter resulted in minimal damages, fortunately, and provided us a chance to examine a possible connection between the freaque wave occurrence and the ambient wind field, since the place of encounter was in the vicinity of a NOAA NDBC buoy where wind and wave data were recorded. Here we present a brief analysis. In particular, we found it is plausible that the freaque wave was the result of a wind speed reduction in the wind field that preceded its occurrence.
Liu, P. C., Bouchard, R., Rogers, W. E., Babanin, A. V., and Wang, D. W.: Brief Communication: Is there a wind connection to freaque wave occurrences?, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 3, 319-335, doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-319-2015, 2015.