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Freak meteotsunami sees tide surge the wrong way in boat-filled UK harbour

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rarest tidal behaviours was captured on film in a British harbour this week.The meteotsunami was spotted by married couple Charles and Claire Davies in the Pembrokeshire harbour of Slova.It was seen at around 8.50am on Saturday (June 18), in place of what should have been the usual high tide.READ MORE: Brits set for 'warmer than average' summer as hot spell to return next weekCharles told Wales Online: “The water appeared to be running out of the harbour rather than in.“We started to see this strange event where the water was surging in and out and in again.“This happened a number of times over the next quarter of an hour.“There was a gentle north-easterly wind, the trees were hardly moving, it was a lovely sunny day. “We expect surges during storm conditions but we've never seen one during benign conditions.'It was bizarre'On a calm day, with a gentle breeze...

this is a brief extract of what they filmed at a distance from their home – [published here by kind permission of Charles Davies©️].

pic.twitter.com/RXwkOQU2pW— Andy Davies (@adavies4) “We saw water coming in at seven knots, going back out again and causing boats to lean quite dramatically.“It was causing an area of swirling water, a back eddy around the little headland. "If there were people in the water swimming or in kayaks, it would have been quite a serious event to them, because an Olympic swimmer swims at five or six miles an hour and this water was moving considerably faster than that, I would say - they wouldn't have been able to keep up with it.” According to the US-based weather company Ocean Service, a meteotsunami are driven by air pressure disturbances – not by seismic activity, like a normal tsunami.

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