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Ahead of tomorrow’s expected wavefest [graphic above].

Surf site Magic Seaweed write:

Right in the path of tomorrow’s swell we have one of the longest running monitoring stations providing wave data, the Sevenstones Light Vessel.

For this it’s typical to calculate what’s called a 50 or 100-year return period. This is simply the size of the largest waves you could expect will definitely occur at least once in that timeframe.

For the Sevenstones Light Vessel, with our long historic record, we can do this with some accuracy. In fact, analysis as early as the 1970s had already identified these values in the 36-40ft range.

 Tomorrow’s storm is currently forecast to peak at 37ft in deep water around Western Cornwall. If these values are confirmed by the wave buoy tomorrow then we are looking at an event near that 50 year return period range – that is to say ‘infrequent’ but not necessarily ‘unusual’.


How BIG will they be in Ireland anyone?

The 50 Year Storm? (Magic Seaweed)

ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky1 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky2 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky5 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky4 ivankonstantinovichaivazovsky7 American Shipping off the Rock of Gibraltar (1873), oil on canvas, 70 x 58.5 cmThe extraordinarily evocative seascapes of the late 19th century Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, one of the greatest marine artists of all time – famed for his ability to capture the sea like no-one else could.

What separates Aivazovsky’s seascape paintings from others is his ability to replicate both the intensity and motion as well as the translucency and texture. His energetic waves and calm ripples are equally effective. Aivazovsky also plays with colors, simulating the effects of sunlight filtering through the waters to present an ethereal quality that imitates a sort of magical realism.


Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings (My Modern Met)

orias-1 orias-2 orias-3 orias-5 orias-6Photographer David Orias combines slow shutter speeds with precise camera movements to capture these remarkable views of the Pacific waves off the coast of California. Sez he:

I am often asked where the colors on my waves come from. I shoot mostly at dawn and the geography of the location allows higher ambient light levels before the full illumination by the sun. Colors are created by different weather conditions, amount of clouds, or even smoke in the air from local wildfires which are often prevalent.

More here.