For a long time, the idea of "rogue waves" was dismissed as legend. Not anymore. Simply put, a rogue wave is a large wave that comes seemingly from nowhere. It happens without warning, and can toss a 26,000-ton ship around like styrofoam. Where do they come from? A leading theory is "diffractive focusing" -- regular waves coming from different directions that meet up briefly. If their waves are in phase -- cresting in the same place at the same time -- they multiply. The result is, well, a nightmare.
So what's this have to do with a Flotsam Diarist? Well, as winter has dragged into spring, I've spent some days just lingering, watching Bay View's waves. And I noticed, they're not all coming from one place. In fact, they roll in from the east-northeast & the east-southeast, bashing into each other near the shore.
|My daughter patiently awaiting a ditch-filler|
|Crest, trough, crest, trough, crest...|
Worth a thought.
|I'll never look at a ripple the same way again.|