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Atlantic's waves getting bigger

"According to a study by the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, waves in the northeastern Atlantic are getting bigger. The average wave height in the 1960s was about 7 feet. Now the average is 9-10 feet."

(Anonymous; Coming Changes, 13:7, MayJune 1991.)

Comment. This is a very large increase (about 30%) for this geophysical variable. Have surface winds increased that much in such a short period?

From Science Frontiers #76, JUL-AUG 1991. 1991-2000 William R. Corliss