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I understand that weather patterns, in general, move from west to east (at least in the northern hemisphere). If it is true that weather moves west to east, and wind is what causes waves, then we should expect to see larger waves on the east coast of an ocean, on average.
So can we test the wind/wave connection by measuring waves (height, intensity, etc) on both sides of a large body of water?Steve
Hawaii surfing waves have two distinct seasons. The biggest hit the north shores of all the islands between November and March, generated from winter storms around Alaska. The first landmass the resulting waves hit to the south are the Hawaii Islands, a distance of over 5000km, by which time the waves can be massive. The lie of the land and ocean floor on Oahu's north shore are particularly favourable to receiving monster waves and endless barrels.
By summer, the waves on the north shores are as flat as glass and unimaginable for surfing. But things are different on the south shores. Tropical storms in the south pacific send waves northwards and reach the exposed south shores of all islands between June and October. These waves are not as intense as the winter waves that hit the north shores...