Wind Waves

What is Wind Waves?

Wind Waves meaning Local, short period waves generated from the action of wind on the water surface (as opposed to swell). Commonly referred to as waves. In a National Weather Service Coastal Marine Forecast or Offshore Forecast, wind waves are used when swells are described in the forecast.
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Waves generated by the local wind blowing at the time of observation.

 

reference: National Weather Service Glossary