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  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!

    Then go on a flight with the hurricane hunters!!

    http://www.hurricanehunters.com/cyber1.html

    Strap in and enjoy your cyber flight.

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  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.
  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.

    My brother goes to sea and on the odd occasion we meet up with some of his old sea-dogs and

    one particular old man (in his 70's now) told me the time they were caught up in a hurricane in the mid

    atlantic back in the 50's and he told me when the eye passed over them it became very still and

    extremely eerie he said the sea became calm apart from columns of water about 10-15ft tall rising

    out of the water and plopping back down, very strange, i've never heard of this phenomena before,

    perhaps he might have had a little to much rum (was allowed back in those days!!) Then he told me

    they tried to stay within the eye for as long as they could but had to face the onslaught as they would

    have sailed off course i asked him what was the full fury of the storm like and he just said i've been in

    worse conditions in the North sea but it was still pretty bad.

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  • Location: City of Gales, New Zealand, 150m ASL
  • Location: City of Gales, New Zealand, 150m ASL
    asked him what was the full fury of the storm like and he just said i've been in

    worse conditions in the North sea but it was still pretty bad.

    That sounds odd. You'd never get hurricane force winds in the North Sea, except in gusts, so the sea state would never approach that of a hurricane. However, if there were a big swell, combined with strong winds I guess they could be similarly nasty.

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  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.
  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.

    There was a well documented wave in the north sea that reached around 80ft in the winter of 81', an oil rig

    measured this as it approched the platform, my brother was there at the time and he said it registered on the radar

    and the 1st mate thought at first that it was the rig that they were goin to hit until the wave came into view, my brother

    has sailed in most seas and said when the North sea gets rough its up there with the very best, on one occasion a wave hit his

    ship and knocked the bulkhead 18" in.!!

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  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Location: Barnet, North London

    The North Sea is very shallow, which would explain why it gets so bad.

    Also, Hurricanes occur in the tropics, whilst a storm in the North Sea would be quite a bit colder, especially in winter!

    Steve M

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