Monday, March 08, 2004

Something fishy

I walked out onto our front porch at 11 p.m. to collect all the cats for the night and was reminded that we live just three blocks uphill from a huge body of salt water: Low tide.

According to the local tide charts it is indeed a relatively low tide (two feet), though not as low as the tides the past few nights. Looking through the charts (graphic versions) I see patterns I'd had no idea existed (other than the pattern of two low tides per day that I'd grown up knowing about at Cape Cod).

The strong smell apparently is a result of the combination of a low tide with onshore winds--or lack of the usual offshore wind. Now I'll have to go look for wind charts...

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