Chesil Beach Wave (Portland, UK)
This wave crashed on February 5th 2014, during the relentless barrage of storms that hit the UK one after another.
These storms were apparently caused by a shift in the pattern of the jet stream- a current of fast moving air in the upper atmosphere. The jet stream became very strong over the north Atlantic Ocean and North America, an event linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and big freezes of North America. This strengthened Jet Stream encouraged fierce winter storms to approach the UK, breaking many existing records on file for extreme weather and causing many millions of pounds worth of damage.
To put the wave above into perspective, that bank of shingle (pebbles) is almost as tall as that pub. The little things on the green ledge are actually whole picnic tables dragged up and smashed to pieces by the wave… and the ‘river’ in the second gif? Well that’s a main road.
See the original video here to see the roar as the wave breaches the bank and the beer barrels float down the road!