Why are there generally larger waves during the winter?



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    Seems to be because Winter storms also bring higher winds than average which lead to larger waves than average.

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    When El Nino/El Nina (Southern Oscillation) occurs, the waves are typically largest. El Nino happens in the winter time, and literally means “the boy” in reference to the Christ child due to the fact it occurs during or around Christmas. It’s basically a see-saw pattern of reversing surface air pressure between the eastern and western tropical pacific. These interchanges make for elevated storm conditions, which inevitably affect swells.

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