Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by elsurfo10, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. elsurfo10

    elsurfo10 Active Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    hey i was wondering if the tides are off or something because todat its sayin low is about 6 and high is about 12 but when i was at the inlet the tide was moving out preety strong and it was a little after 9.
  2. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    hmmm. thats odd.

    those tide are on pace with what other sites are saying.

    The tides are predictions, but generally not off by very much.

  3. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006

    If you are referring to the inlet itself, the bay tides run roughly an hour behind ocean tides, and the current in the inlet reflects that since it's the only entry/exit point for the bay and that current has been known to run 8-10 knots. That's one reason the inlet surf break water is typically 8-10 degrees warmer than other places in town since the bay water swirls all around the area. Other spots in town happen to be quite chilly lately, but that's not unusual. Last year some people still found reason to wear short sleeve full suits as late as 7/19, go back and check the photos from that date and you'll see what I mean.

    If you are referring to the actual tide at the surf break, I'd have to say that it's remarkable that you noticed it since you'd have to sit and watch it for about an hour to notice any appreciable ebb.

    One way to tell is how much the waves are actually breaking, because the inlet surf break is generally more sensitive to tidal influences, especially with that steep ledge at water's edge. Also keep in mind that there's generally always a rip flowing seaward right alongside the jetty. That's why so many utilize the rip when first paddling out, it's a quick way to the outside of the break.
  4. wizes7

    wizes7 Active Member

    May 30, 2007
    i completly agree with wat he said
  5. Dawn_Patrol

    Dawn_Patrol Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    The tides always continue to flow out the inlets for about 2 hours or so after the ocean hits low tide, and always continue to flow in the inlets for a couple hours after the ocean hits high tide.

    Short explanation: Even an hour after low tide, the ocean level is still lower than the bay level so the water continues to flow out of the inlets...it keeps on flowing out until the ocean level final reaches the same level (and then higher) as the bays, then it starts flowing in the inlets.