Central PPB — [-38.063400°, 144.866700°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:01 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.26 m2.42 s169 degrees35.80 degrees- m/s- degrees20.2 °c
Indented Head — [-38.135933°, 144.753067°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:07 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.18 m2.12 s139 degrees45.39 degrees- m/s- degrees19.7 °c
Werribee — [-37.985°, 144.7752°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:35 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.32 m2.76 s157 degrees37.70 degrees- m/s- degrees-
Rosebud — [-38.301450°, 144.872733°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:18 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.09 m1.52 s92 degrees64.67 degrees- m/s- degrees19.7 °c
Sandringham — [-37.9784°, 144.9953°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:20 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.24 m2.62 s203 degrees36.14 degrees- m/s- degrees20.2 °c
Mt Eliza — [-38.1621°, 145.0543°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:18 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.10 m3.00 s300 degrees38.56 degrees0 m/s57 degrees-
Cape Bridgewater1 — [-38.36°, 141.273°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:00 (+11)
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Significant Wave HeightPeak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreading
2.31 m10.00 s217 degrees30.00 degrees
Portland — [-38.3196°, 141.6574°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:58 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
0.98 m11.36 s159 degrees20.24 degrees6 m/s120 degrees-
Port Fairy Buoy — [-38.3826°, 142.287°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:32 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
1.93 m10.24 s198 degrees19.59 degrees6.4 m/s142 degrees-
Apollo Bay — [-38.7545°, 143.7227°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:40 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
1.40 m11.36 s193 degrees21.82 degrees3.2 m/s171 degrees-
Inverloch — [-38.7515°, 145.7502°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:48 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
1.61 m11.36 s222 degrees20.71 degrees4.4 m/s102 degrees-
Wilson’s Promontory — [-39.536°, 146.473°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:00 (+11)
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Significant Wave HeightPeak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreading
1.21 m7.40 s249 degrees34.00 degrees
Cape Bridgewater FB — [-38.3617°, 141.2755°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 02:57 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
2.43 m11.36 s219 degrees22.41 degrees- m/s- degrees17.3 °c
Cape Bridgewater DC — [-38.3638°, 141.279°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:13 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
2.27 m11.36 s209 degrees25.77 degrees- m/s- degrees17.4 °c
Cape Bridgewater SC — [-38.3576°, 141.2702°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:17 (+11)
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Significant Wave
Height
Peak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreadingWind Speed
(Experimental)
Wind Direction
(Experimental)
Temp
2.42 m11.36 s220 degrees22.73 degrees- m/s- degrees17.4 °c
Lakes Entrance1 — [-38.05°, 148.41°] — Latest Observations at 27 Feb, 03:00 (+11)
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Significant Wave HeightPeak PeriodPeak DirectionDirectional spreading
1.08 m9.10 s138 degrees35.00 degrees

The page shows three variables:

Significant wave height – The height of every wave is different. The buoys record the rise and fall of the water surface approximately every half a second. We then determine the significant wave height over a 20 minute period. The significant wave height is the average of the highest one-third of the waves. Therefore, it may seem a bit higher than you would estimate by eye. There will be waves both higher and lower than the significant wave height. As a general rule the maximum wave height will be approximately 1.8 times the significant wave height (e.g. if the significant wave height is 2m, the maximum wave height will be approximately 3.6m).

Peak period and direction – The period is the time (in seconds) between wave crests. Just like wave height the period and direction (provided relative to true North) of individual waves vary. The lateral motions of the floating buoy enable us to measure these quantities. They are termed “peak” because they relate to the waves with the most energy. Sometimes you will see these quantities jump significantly in value. This occurs when we have a mixed sea made up of wind-sea and swell. The peak at one time may be the swell and then switch to the wind-sea. This will result in jumps in the peak period and peak direction. Some locations are more impacted by this than others. Wilson’s Promontory is an example of the location which can often have both a SE and a SW swell and a local wind-sea.

Data acknowledgment. This program provides Wave data free for all under Creative Commons Attribution 4 licensing. If you use this data please attribute as “Wave data was provided by the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program with funding through Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, University of Melbourne and Deakin University.”