The test of a wave
Waves measuring 27ft from peak to trough were seen off Land’s End as the stormy weather continued. How do these compare with the highest waves ever measured?
— Waves of 67ft were measured by a buoy off the coast of Donegal in December 2011, the highest found around the British Isles.
— The highest wave yet recorded during a storm was one of 91ft during Hurricane Ivan in August 2005.
— A landslip in Lituya Bay, Alaska, on 9 July 1958 created a local tsunami which tore down trees 200ft above sea level. Water directly opposite the landslip site splashed to a height of 1,720ft, tearing down trees even at that height.
Retailers have begun to publish their sales figures for the pre-Christmas period. Where are we spending more, and where less?
|Type of shop||Annual change in spending to end of November|
|Internet and mail order||+14.1%|
The young and the reckless
Some patients are turning up at Accident and Emergency 50 times a year, it was revealed. Who attends A&E?
|Age group||% of A&E visitors|
|51% were male, 48% female, with 1% whose sex went unrecorded|
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre
Quick and dirty
A stretch of the M1 near Rotherham is to have a 60mph speed limit to cut pollution. How much more pollution does a car emit at 110kph (69mph) than 100kph (62mph)?
|PM (soot) particles||+7%|
Source: European Environment Agency