The Cross Sea – When Two Waves Meet

Photo taken from Phares des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales) on Île de Ré off the west coast of France.
By Michel GriffonOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

Cross sea is a marine state with two wave systems traveling at oblique angles.
Waves generated by the new wind run at an angle to the old, creating a shifting, dangerous pattern.  Two weather systems that are far from each other may create a cross sea when the waves from the systems meet, usually at a place far from either weather system. Until the older waves have dissipated, they create a sea hazard.

Although these waves are mesmerizing to look at, a larger percentage of ship accidents were found to have occurred in this state.

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