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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Surfing on a Stormy Day

The news front on freaque waves has been relatively quiet in recent days. It does not mean that there has not been freaque wave happenings out there, only that there's probably no one unfortunate enough to encounter them. Let's hope it stays that way!

With the successive uprising of Erin and Dean, the 2007 hurricane season in Atlantic is now finally jumped into full swing. Along with Typhoon Sepat heading toward Phillipine, Taiwan, and mainland China, the typhoon season in western Pacific has been active for some time. The blog, Robin Storm, is a great site for following the hurricanes and typhoons. There are plenty of timely useful informations with pictures and videos not usually find in those common news sites.

I came across this simple news item entitled "Surfing on a stormy day"this morning. Here's the complete write-up:
The recent succession of typhoons may have made life more difficult for many in the Philippines. This, however, is not the case with this young man in La Union. The coming of the storms in fact proved to be the right moment for him to surf, as the raging rains caused giant waves in the waters of the province that has come to be known as a surfing capital north of Manila.
authored by an Ace Alegre in the site called "Bulatlat" along with a picture of surfer in action there:What struck me, however, was the part of its last sentence that says "raging rains caused giant waves in the waters." I am wondering if it's just a figurative speaking or it represents a fact of the writer's observation. The cause and effect between rain and waves is presently unclear scientifically. I may be ignorant, but I am not aware of any scientific conjecture regarding that. There's certainly no measurement available that I know of that can shed some light for it. If anything, the rain has been plausibly thought to have possibly retarding effect on the waves. To say that raging rains caused giant waves in the waters is somewhat counter intuitive. This is another minor issue the research world has not been able to do something tangible. It would be an interesting research topic though if measurement can be made simultaneously during rain and wave -- a topic is probably of interest only for the sake of pure curiosity.

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