Destin Florida Tide Question

Old 04-25-2011, 04:47 PM
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I have been fishing out of Destin, FL most of my life and I was asked a question this past weekend that I could not answer... Why is there only one high and one low tide a day along the NW Fl gulf coast? (Except neap tide days)
Old 04-26-2011, 05:34 AM
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Tides are a localized phenomenon. Sure, the moon is a big factor, but local geography has a huge influence also. Most areas have a 12:25+/- tidal cycle..upon close examination of the local tidal charts you'll see that the gap between high and low is not equal, one cycle may be stronger than the other, the intensity varies throughout the month........
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The moon obviously causes the tides, but lots of other factors influence it. As your latitude changes, the magnitude of the tide changes as well. If it wasn't for land masses, you would see a lot less localization, but as all of that water is moving, land keeps getting in the way. Think of placing your hand in water with a mild current - the water on the front side of your hand will be higher than the water on the downstream side of your hand.
Interestingly enough, Canada is home to both the biggest tides (Bay of Fundy) and the smallest tides (I believe somewhere up by Eureka). At my house, the tides average about 9 feet. I think a 9 foot tide swing in Florida would create some problems.....
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Tide swings in the northern GOM are about 1'; sometimes less. It's difficult to tell when it's high or low tide just by looking at the water if there's any chop or wave motion.

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