Get some time in! The platforms in the North Sea are designed to resist the theoretical 30m. wave every hundred years. Before the fluffies put in all sorts of limits it was normal to sit on the deck of an offshore installation and watch the aircraft's altimeter go up and down about forty feet.
Can't do it now; they've taken all the fun out of it.
From the perspective down the back, in the good old days, it seemed to be that it was in the 2 minutes in the lee of the derrick on a stormy night that the pilots earned their pay. Pansy wind limits these days.... And you get 90% of the 100 year wave every winter
I though KT was in relation to Kilotons as in buckets of sunshine. It's them buggas messing about with neutrinos cause and effect no longer holds true,the replies are coming before the questions are posted.
Here is an interesting one (if you like that sort of thing): You are looking at the 'moon pool' area of a semi-submersible drilling rig, the 'Transocean Arctic' during a decent blow. This is the connection between the floating rig barge and the 'riser' which is attached to the seabed. The white collar mechanism you see moving up and down is called the 'slip joint'. It is stationary relative to the sea bed and the apparent movement is due to the rig moving up and down in the swell. This is the 40 feet Fareastdriver is referring to. It's not an unusual scene.
The Transocean Artic is rated to: Maximum Wave: 32m; Wind: 51m/s; Current: 1.6m/s. In reality it can take a good bit more than that.
What you see in the clip is about 20m trough to peak I'd estimate.
FRIDAY 25th: Cold and very windy, with W’ly gale F8 to severe gale F9 winds, perhaps even storm F10 at times during the morning. Gusts of 55 to 65 miles per hour are likely and even high across the more exposed parts. Bright with frequent heavy squally showers, of rain, hail and snow with the risk of thunder. Gales slowly moderating later, and the showers becoming less frequent tonight. Sea state – High or very high in the west, with a 6 to 8 metre W’ly wind-swell. Rough or very rough in the east, with a 4 to 5 metre W’ly wind-swell.
-- Bruce Fletcher Stronsay, Orkney
Our bad weather has now passed and we're in the sun again (storms and a years-worth of rain in 18 days). Several fatilities including a mother, her daughter and both elderly parents drowned in their car down near Tarragona. Also heard of an English couple drowned near Girona, no other news of that. Ferry scenes remind me of many stormy crossings on TT and later P&O, you never know how near disaster is. ("Herald of Free Enterprise" and the "Estonia" come to mind.).