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Perfect Storm

Recent storm brewed up waves almost five times the size of a double-decker bus

The highest individual wave off the Donegal coast reached an incredible 23.4 metres.


(Image: Met Éireann)

MET EIREANN HAS said that a new maximum wave height was recorded in the recent storm and this handy chart shows just how tall they were.

A weather buoy off the Donegal coast recoded a new maximum individual wave height of 23.4 metres on 26 January. This figure easily surpasses the previous record of 20.4 metres at the same location in 2011.

There was also a record for the maximum ‘Significant Wave Height’ which is the average of the highest one-third of the waves. This reached 15.3 metres at the same buoy, with the previous record set at 14.7 metres.

The all-time record for this is still 17.2 metres.

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