The period between mid-October and mid-November is sometimes called in weather lore “Autumn Rains and Continental Trains” as one area of low pressure after another races across the Atlantic to dump rain on the UK. This year the trains are running late. Very late (No need for British Rail jokes).
Surf site http://magicseaweed.com/ has posted an amazing animation of approaching storms as shown by wave heights.
“In two and a bit months the North Atlantic has hardly paused in its brutal storm production line.”
Check out key to swell height here.
Since 1st January they record four storms with significant swells:
Forecast wave height and period at peak of the swell at Sennen / Seven Stones Lightship, Cornwall, England
- Hercules (6th Jan): 28ft@21 seconds
- Take Two (1st Feb): 28ft@19 seconds
- Brigid (5th Feb): 30ft@18 seconds
- Strike Four (8th Feb): 35ft@19 seconds
This last one brought a a new record wave height of 75ft, according to the Express destroying the previous record of 67f.
The largest wave ever seen in British waters was recorded at 3.30am yesterday by a buoy operated by the Plymouth Coastal Observatory at Porthleven, Cornwall.