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What is a wind swell?

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A wind swell is a group of short-period ocean waves created by local winds or winds blowing close to shore.

The phenomenon occurs at around one hundred miles distance or less from the shoreline. The waves of a wind swell appear closer together compared with the long-period waves of a groundswell.

Wind swell waves tend to be slow, steep, break in deeper water and further out the back. Nevertheless, these waves form relatively close to shore.

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