The extreme weather following the hurricane "Tor" that now hits Norway can produce waves that are only experienced every twenty years in Mid-Norway, says oceanographer Thorleif Lothe at Uni Research Polytech to Adresseavisa.
- It is fairly rare, even at Stad. We see this only every 20 years, says Lothe, who also works with wave alerts in BarentsWatch.
The significant wave height has been reported to be 13.5 meters at Stad.
Significant significant wave height is calculated by calculating the average of the third of the waves with the greatest height.
Lothe believes that we must expect that the waves will cause damage on land.
- This is the worst I've seen in my career, said a meteorologist at the Meteorological Institute to Dagbladet at 17.30.
Over 10 000 households are without power due to the hurricane, reports Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).
In Sogn og Fjordane it is expected gusts of 40-50 m/s - that is up to 180 km/h.
When we get such a high significant wave height which is now announced, it can also give extreme waves.
On November 11, 2001, the significant wave height observed by the weather ship Polarfront in the Norwegian Sea, was measured at 15.5 meters.
Then the highest wave was measured to 27.2 meters.
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