Why do we have high and low tide tides?


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May 15th 2020 - Healthy Travel Information

Stay at home... In the interest of the health and safety of our residents and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are currently Safer staying at home.
Visitors are asked to NOT visit the Beach at this time, but rather reschedule or plan for a future visit when this health threat passes.

Currently Thanet has no provisions for visitors.
- no public toilets, they are closed..
- limited parking for local resident..
- shops are closed..

We ask you to not visit the beaches at this time.
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Why do we have high and low tide tides?
Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and rotation of the Earth.

See our live Thanet High Tide Timetable

Some shorelines experience two nearly equal high and low tides each day, called a semi-diurnal tide. Some locations experience only one high and low tide each day, called a diurnal tide. Some locations experience two uneven tides a day, or sometimes one high and one low each day; this is called a mixed tide. The times and amplitude of tides at a locale are influenced by the alignment of the Sun and Moon, by the pattern of tides in the deep ocean.

Tides vary on timescales ranging from hours to years due to numerous influences. To make accurate records, tide gauges at fixed stations measure the water level over time. Gauges ignore variations caused by waves with periods shorter than minutes. These data are compared to the reference (or datum) level usually called mean sea level.

While tides are usually the largest source of short-term sea-level fluctuations, sea levels are also subject to forces such as wind and barometric pressure changes, resulting in storm surges, especially in shallow seas and near coasts. see our storm surge pictures here.

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