Saturday, December 26, 2009

Higher Low Tide, Lower High Tide

The whole tidal range yesterday afternoon was only about three feet. It didn't go down very far, and then started coming back in. Almost no wrack, certainly no heaps of kelp. As the tide returned it began to leave a scatter of small smooth wood in some places, then wash over it and move it up the beach. In most places, the beach still clean-swept.

Cake Rock on the Horizon, Rialto Beach, 12-25-2009 (Click for larger image.)

1 comment:

Rocco said...

We were surprised at the small range on Christmas day reported in the San Diego newspaper tide table. Looking at, I now see that indeed Christmas was a neap tide day, and only five days out from apogee to boot.