Wordless Wednesday…..Another Favourite Place

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Location:- Low water on a Spring Tide at Skippool Creek, Wyre Estuary off Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2016

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12 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday…..Another Favourite Place

  1. Remarkable! I’ve always been fascinated by the difference in tides depending on how far North/South one live.
    Here (at 60 deg. North the normal tides are 20-25 inches, but on the coast of Finnmark (up North) it may be as much as 150 inches!

    • It is a strange phenomena tides. As you probably know we here on an Island have high and low tides at different times of the day as you go round the island…add to that each day the high water time changes by an hour. Then we have the small problem of Spring tides and Neap Tides. The Full Moon pulls the tides higher and these so called Spring tides happen every Full Moon. At these tides the high water mark can be several feet higher than the average high water mark….it also goes out further causing an equally big drop. So when high winds are from the sea it can at high water drive the sea even higher and in storm conditions causes flooding. Neap tides are the opposite to Spring tides and is when the moon is at its smallest. The location was once a busy port so you can imagine it was a dash (and a hope that the wind didn’t fail the sails) for boats coming from the open sea up the estuary to port…most boats were largely flat bottomed so I guess they could always rst up till the next tide.

      • It’s a puzzle all right! I used to think the tide was higher/lower the more you approched the poles, but this doesn’t hold true! Sailing on a ship entering the Hooghly River for Calcutta we experienced a high tide of
        18 feet forcing itself up-river causing kaos twice every 24 hours,
        And thats not so very distant to the Equator!

  2. Thanks… I have learned something about tides. 🙂 I did not know the expression neap tide. We call it extra low tide I believe. 🙂

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