Halloween Wave Transformation Near Virginia Coast

by Jerome P. -Y. Maa, Virginia Inst of Marine, Science/School of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The Halloween Northeaster of October 29-31, 1991 generated a unique severe sea. The storm waves propagated through two wave stations which are 87 km apart. The wave spectra of the storm peak at these two stations were quite different. We found that the bottom friction is the most important factor that affects wave spectrum transformation between these two stations.

Subject Headings: Wave shoaling | Ocean waves | Wave propagation | Wave refraction | Wave diffraction | Seas and oceans | Friction | Wave spectrum | Virginia | United States

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