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Anyone go out from Pensacola today ? Was wondering what the real wave height is and if we should try it for Sunday, reports says 3 feet waves. BUT seen that before and went out saw 6 foot waves thanks for any info
 

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Wave interval or period is much more important than height. In Costa Rica you can go out in a 14 ft boat in 10 ft seas safely because they have a 17 second period. Most likely these swells from Harvey will be long period in our area so you would most likely be fine tomorrow.
 

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That's the buoy 44nm se of dauphin island. 2.3ft at 7 secs. Fairly light winds. It's not flat by any means but you probably won't get beat to death either if you control your throttle over the fairly long ( for our area) period swells.
 

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Wanting to go. Watching the same as you. Gonna make my call in the morning. I am thinking with that storm well on land for now it might die down a bit. But who knows.
 

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Anyone go out from Pensacola today ? Was wondering what the real wave height is and if we should try it for Sunday, reports says 3 feet waves. BUT seen that before and went out saw 6 foot waves thanks for any info
It's crazy how they casually sneak assumptions into definitions like this.

Significant Wave Height
The mean or average height of the highest one third of all waves in a swell train or in a wave generating region. It approximates the value an experienced observer would report if visually estimating sea height. When expressed as a range (e.g. Seas 2-4 ft) , indicates a degree of uncertainty in the forecast and/or expected changing conditions (not that all waves are between 2-4 ft). Generally, it is assumed that individual wave heights can be described using a Rayleigh distribution.

Example: Significant Wave Height = 10 ft 1 in 10 waves will be larger than 11 ft 1 in 100 waves will be larger than 16 ft 1 in 1000 waves will larger than 19 ft

Therefore, assuming a wave period of 8 seconds, for a significant wave height of 10 feet, a wave 19 feet or higher will occur every 8,000 seconds (2.2 hours).
 
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