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Tom’s Tips About Wind Tides

By Tom Neale, 11/15/2007

1. Wind tides are likely to occur in large, relatively shallow and wide bodies of water with limited access to the sea. Surrounding flat land which allows the wind to readily push the waters may contribute. However the phenomenon can occur, to one degree or another, in many other areas.

2. Even deep bays with high hills or cliffs can develop wind tides, particularly if they are long and the wind blows up or down them, or if they open to an area, such as a coastal convex curve, which is subject to wind tides.

3. Preparing for wind tides can be as simple as keeping track of the weather—not just the day you’re traveling in an area likely to be affected, but in the days before. Many days of stronger than normal wind are much more likely to cause a problem than just one.

4. Beware not only of shallow water and bridges, but also of stumps that may be closer to the surface and debris that may be churned up from the bottom by large boats such as tugs. Because it’s waterlogged, a big tree section, for example, may hang suspended between the top and the bottom after it gets washed up by large props.

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