Bomb cyclone off the Pacific US coast creates 60-FOOT waves from Oregon to California

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  • A bomb cyclone and atmospheric river brought heavy rain and high winds to the US Pacific coast last month, creating monster waves
  • 60 feet wave was measured by a buoy off the coast of Astoria Oregon
  • Other buoys along the coast captured waves 30 to 50 feet high.

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A perfect storm produced 60-foot waves last month along the cost of Oregon and northern California.

On October 25, a bomb cyclone and the Atmosphere River brought heavy rain and strong winds to the US Pacific coast, resulting in monster waves measured by a buoy off the coast of Oregon – the largest since data collection began in 2011.

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Most of the measurements showed that most of the waves were at least 30 to 50 feet long along the coast.

resident of Newport California, known as dingo‘, didn’t see the massive 60-foot wave, but told DailyMail.com in an interview: ‘The waves were huge and when you combined the size with the stormy conditions it became a very challenging day for surfers. Gaya.

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‘Looking with the naked eye and seeing a small blip on the face of the wave and then realizing it was a big jet ski and not a surfer! Before you could even see the waves, you could actually hear the rumbling of the waves as you walked along the harbour.’

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A perfect storm produced 60-foot waves last month along the cost of Oregon and northern California. On October 25, a bomb cyclone and the Atmosphere River brought heavy rain and strong winds to the US Pacific Coast.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego uses buoys to measure ocean waves in the Pacific.

According to Los Angeles TimesThe 60-foot wave was captured by buoy number 179, located off the coast of Astoria, Oregon.

Number 29 Point Reyes Buoy, located 25 miles west of Point Reyes in 1,805 feet of water, recorded a significant wave height of 30.6 feet when the storm struck on October 25.

Other buoys along the coast occupy wave heights of about 30 feet, with a maximum individual wave height of 50 feet.

Most of the measurements showed that most of the waves were at least 30 to 50 feet long along the coast.  The Newport California resident, who goes by the name 'Dingo', didn't see the massive 60-foot wave, but told DailyMail.com in an interview: 'The waves were huge and when you combined the size with the stormy conditions. made it a very challenging day for surfers

Most of the measurements showed that most of the waves were at least 30 to 50 feet long along the coast. The Newport California resident, who goes by the name ‘Dingo’, didn’t see the massive 60-foot wave, but told DailyMail.com in an interview: ‘The waves were huge and when you combined the size with the stormy conditions. made it a very challenging day for surfers

“Looking with the naked eye and seeing a small blip on the face of the wave and then realizing it was a big jet ski and not a surfer,” he said. ‘You could actually hear the rumbling of the waves as you walked along the harbor before you could see the waves.’

Bomb cyclones occur when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies and falls at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.

A millibar measures atmospheric pressure.

‘This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as the air over warm ocean water,’ according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

‘The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process known as bombogenesis, which is known as a bomb cyclone.’

Satellite images of the two weather events show that the bomb cyclone is moving north in a rotation while the atmospheric river is moving upstream through northern California.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego uses buoys (green) to measure ocean waves in the Pacific.  Pictured is Astoria, Oregon where the 60 ft wave was measured

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego uses buoys (green) to measure ocean waves in the Pacific. Pictured is Astoria, Oregon where the 60 ft wave was measured

An all-time record low pressure system, the bomb cyclone, formed in the eastern Pacific and rapidly strengthened on October 24, producing hurricane-force winds and waves up to 45 feet high off the coast of Washington and Oregon.

NOAA says gusts of wind uprooted trees and caused power outages in the Seattle metro area and around Puget Sound.

On Monday, October 25, Bomb Cyclone reached Northern California, where the ‘dingo’ caught the giant waves that were forming in the ocean, with surfers brave enough to ride them ashore.

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