Pat Shingleton: "Rogue Waves..."
Similar to last night between 9:00 PM and 9:40 pm a strong cell initiated enough instability and rotation to constitute a tornado warning from the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms traditionally eject gusty winds that increase in speed causing damage and are identified as gust fronts. Wind gusts ahead of a heavy, localized line of storms, on a body of water, create a shallow-water gravity wave that is often forced by a squall line. This scenario describes a rogue wave. In 1984, a 117-foot, three-masted-tall-ship sank in less than a minute north of Bermuda because of a rogue wave. A cargo ship’s support beams were bent like matchsticks from a similar wave on the North Pacific last February. Another struck Daytona Beach on July 3, 1992 with an 18-foot water wall injuring 75, smashing hundreds of cars. Last Wednesday, in Oyster Bay, N.Y., a wave capsized a yacht carrying 24 passengers, three children, below deck died.