What is causing the recent surge of massive storm swells in the Atlantic? To help explain them, meteorologist Lee Solomon and Mavericks surfer Dan Jones, who works for Aerospace and Marine International, are this week’s special guests on Off The Lip Radio Show.
Winter Storm Hercules saw plenty of XXL rides, but the big wave surf came at the cost of destruction to many ports, harbors and coastal communities. The recent phenomenon of huge storm swells has Western Europeans worried, as some coastal communities were left without power and struggling to rebuild after the extreme weather. Tsunami-like waves flooded Great Britain and Ireland during the last Winter Storm Hercules, so powerful that it flipped cars in Portugal and broke down doors in the streets of County Claire.
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Watch the footage below of a daring helicopter rescue to save a cargo ship crew as a recent storm swell slams the ship onto a jetty in France, splitting the ship in two.
Meteorologist Lee Solomon is an avid surfer, serving the Central Coast weekday mornings on Santa Cruz local KSBW TV8 Action News. Growing up by the ocean, Lee experienced two significant weather events during his childhood: The Nor’easter Snowstorm of 1978, and Hurricane Gloria of 1985. Both events made a lasting impression on Lee and he still remembers them as if they were yesterday. He went on to study at the State University of New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.
On the Atlantic Coast, Lee worked with the meteorologists at Cablevision News 12 Long Island. His oceanography continued on the Pacific coast in Sunnyvale, CA for Weather News America. There, he produced short and long term marine forecasts for worldwide shipping interests including risk assessment for container ships and oil tankers.
Lee is both an avid surfer and skier. He especially loves traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica for the surfing and fishing, and being at home in Santa Cruz. He will be joined by Dan Jones, who works for Aerospace and Marine International and can be found in the lineup at Mavericks.
Dan Jones started surfing at 16 years old when he could drive. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree at San Francisco State University in 1997, after studying Engineering at UC San Diego and Meteorology at UC Davis (in a large part, to know when the surf would be good). He was offered a forecasting position under Sean Collins at Surfline, and now forecasts surf and winds professionally (mostly for salvage operations/offshore oil rigs/cable layers and ocean going vessels) with WNI/Oceanroutes from 1997-2003, and with Aerospace and Marine Intl.
As a Mavericks surfer, Dan Jones studies the ocean for a living, working to guide ship courses overseas. Photo courtesy of Dan Jones.
He has been privately forecasting for surf trips for friends and family since 1994.
Dan surfed huge Ocean Beach mostly alone during the early to mid 90’s before finally getting a couple buddies to try Mavericks out in the late 1990’s. He’s been an addict ever since, and makes the trip up to Mavericks almost every time it breaks using his forecasting experience to pick the best windows.
Dan Jones with a critical drop at Mavericks back in 2002. Photo: Doug Acton
On March 11th, 2011 Dan was surfing Mavericks with just three friends out, knowing about the Japanese Tsunami, and waving off coast guard helicopters. It was a chance to study tsunamis first hand and get an un-crowded moment in the line-up. After getting a couple waves before and during the tsunami, Dan became probably the only person to ever endure a two wave hold down during a tsunami.
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