Record-breaking ‘monster wave’ detected in Southern Ocean | MNN – Mother Nature Network

The notoriously wicked weather of the Southern Ocean recently spawned what researchers are declaring was the largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

On the evening of May 9, a weather buoy moored near Campbell Island, an uninhabited subantarctic island of New Zealand, detected a wave measuring 23.8 meters (78 feet) during the passage of a fast-developing, low-pressure cell. The measurement eclipses the previous record for wave height in the Southern Hemisphere, a 19.4-meter (63-foot) wave detected in 2017. The buoys, monitored by MetOcean Solutions, are giving researchers unique insights into the incredible storms that rage through this poorly studied part of the world.

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