DEEP WATER WAVES GENERATED BY HURRICANE "AUDREY" OF 1957

Basil W. Wilson

Abstract


A post-mortem analysis of Hurricane Audrey of June 24-27, 1957, in the Gulf of Mexico, is described using all available ship reports and weather data from USA and Mexican sources. A detailed meteorological analysis defines the changing surface pressure and wind systems at 3-hour intervals, from which the space-time wind-fields have been derived for selected paths of wave generation bearing on the Louisiana coastline. A numerical technique of moving-fetch wave-prediction has been used to determine the characteristics of the waves in deep water that would have been prevalent in various parts of the Gulf of Mexico during passage of the hurricane. For two deep water locations in particular the effects of multi-directional wave generation are considered.

Keywords


Hurricane Audrey; deep water waves

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