Friday, June 2, 2017

A meteo-tsunami in the Netherlands

Never heard of this before (not unusual, because it's rare) -- a "meteo-tsunami" hit the beach in the Netherlands a few days ago.

The Daily Mail  called it a tidal wave, but the only real tidal wave is a tidal bore, and that's not what this was.  It was an unusual wave driven by a strong weather front.  The pressure change led to the formation of a wave (great example of physics, by the way).

Dramatic moment seven foot tidal wave sweeps away beach chairs, boats and parasols as mini tsunami strikes the Netherlands

Here's the video, if you're in a hurry.

And here's a PDF document about them, if you aren't in a hurry, from NOAA.

Meteotsunami  (I guess the hyphen is optional)

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