Cape Sorell Waverider Buoy Observations

Located at 42.12S, 145.03E
(Approximately 10 km West of Cape Sorell, West Tasmania)

Named Captain Fathom by the listeners of ABC Radio, Tasmania
during the Weather Month of May celebration of the Bureau's centenary.

Latest data at 02:30 on Saturday, 4 Apr 2020 (EDT).

IMPORTANT:- The significant wave height is the average height of the highest one third of the waves. The likely maximum wave height can be up to twice the significant wave height. Learn more about wave heights.
Click here for Wave Height and Wave Period Table.

Significant Wave Height (Hs) & Maximum Wave Height (Hmax)

wave height graph

Average Wave Period (Tz) & Peak Wave Period (Tp) and Direction

wave period graph

Spectral Density

wave spectrum graph
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Hs Height of significant wave (metres). This is the average height of the highest one third of the waves in the record.
Hmax Maximum height of the waves (metres) in the record.
Tz Average wave period. This is the average time (seconds) between all waves in the record. The more technical name for this quantity is the zero-crossing period.
Tp The peak wave period (seconds) is the period at which the peak of the wave spectrum occurs.
Spectral density Distribution of the variance of the surface elevation with wave period or frequency (proportional to the wave amplitude squared).


This page contains wave observations from a moored wave data buoy located approximately 10 Km West of Cape Sorell, West Tasmania in 55 fathoms (100 metres). Location: 42.12S, 145.03E.

  • These data are automatically generated and are not quality controlled.
  • All times and dates are in Tasmanian local time.
  • Each 'observation' (or record) is obtained by sampling the waves for 27 minutes.
  • This page is automatically updated every hour from available data.