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90ft wave recorded off Penzance

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

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A wave measuring more than 90ft in height was recorded by a buoy off the Penzance coastline last night.

The Surfhog buoy measured the waves peaking at 90.9ft at 7pm as the Valentine's Day storm raged across Cornwall.

The same buoy hit the headlines last week after measuring a wave at 75ft - believed to be a British record.

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  • Cornishman1  |  February 15 2014, 12:34PM

    Significant wave height is measured at sea by coastal buoys or lightships located around the coast at the Sevenstones, Channel Light Vessel, Brittany Buoy etc. The coastguards have already stated in the past that other figures can be taken with a pinch of salt. A buoy "off Penzance" is extremely vague and likely to be influenced by rocks, obstacles and shallows. We've all seen pictures of waves breaking over lighthouses in the past few weeks. The Longships is over 100 ft tall, but we can't really talk about a wave height of 100ft in that case. The official data for yesterday showed 28.5ft max reading at the Sevenstones and 44ft max yesterday afternoon at the Brittany Buoy located a hundred miles or so off the tip of Brittany.

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