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Tides have a powerful influence on how and when we play at New England beaches. During low tide on Cape Cod Bay, it's often possible to walk 1/2 mile out onto the flats in ankle-deep water. Six hours later, the water is suddenly too deep to stand in. Tides cause currents that greatly affect fishing, kayaking, swimming and surfing. When planning your day at the beach, it's well worth taking note of the tides. The daily cyclical discussed here tides are altogether different from "rip tides" (see below).

The ebb and flow of tides are caused by the gravitational effect of the Sun and Moon on the Earth. This force has little effect on land, but a strong one on the ocean. Because the Moon is much closer to Earth than the Sun, its influence is much greater. Tides directly affect wave height, making them crucial for wave sports Tidal currents change direction twice a day and can run at speeds of up to 5 knots around points and at harbor entrances - crucial knowledge for kayaks and sailboats.

When the Moon is up, it pulls water beneath it outwards into a bulge. On the opposite side of the Earth, a similar bulge is also formed by water being moved outward from the planet's rotation. These two bulges travel around the globe, producing (in most places) two high tides every day. Tidal conditions also greatly impact coastal sports like surfing, fishing and boating.

Surfing
Tides greatly influence how waves break. During low tide, you may be subject to exposed rocks or reefs that weren't there six hours before. Waves also tend to be steeper and break farther out from shore during low tide, but this isn't always the case.

High tides usually mean mushier, slower-breaking waves. They can also cause backwash, which occurs when waves bounce off rocks or sandbars on shore and ricochet back out to sea. During high tide, you may notice shorebreaks become more powerful. Most beaches have a preferable tide. To find out when to go to a local break, grab a free tide chart from your local surf shop.

Swimming
Tidal currents can make swimming at points (such as Race Point near Provincetown) and harbor entrances (such as Lighthouse Beach or the 2007 break at North Beach in Chatham) very dangerous. Currents in these areas can move at speeds in excess of 3 miles per hour, faster than even strong swimmers. Even wading can be dangerous. If you do venture into the water take note of which way the current is flowing - that is where you will be swept. And if the current is not flowing be aware that it soon will be.

Rip Currents aka Rip Tides
Rip currents are created by waves and are most prevalent when during high tide periods when the swell is bigger than normal. Rip currents are short tidal streams that move away from the beach out to just past the surf line. If you're caught in a rip current, don't swim directly against it. Instead, you should swim parallel to the shore until you are out of it and then back in. Above all, don't panic. If you do nothing, the rip current will sweep you just beyond the surf line (where waves break) and then you can swim or ride a wave back in. Surfers use rip currents like moving walkways to access the surf line faster. Weak swimmers and young children should be very careful around rip currents and avoid entering breaking surf where they might be swept out into deep water by accident.

Fishing
The tides and how hard the current is running (caused by tidal ebb and flow) have a huge effect on an angler's chances of catching fish. Fishermen should utilize a yearly tide schedule in planning their fishing into the future. Most charts show the key specifics - tidal date, time and height.

The height above mean low water can make a difference between catching fish or going home empty-handed. Plan to fish while tides are in the mid 6-7 ft. range. This is crucial because the current becomes stronger as tidal heights increase, causing water to become turbid. Turbidity is suspended silt which has been stirred up from bottom sediments. Turbid water reduces the chances of fish seeing your bait.

Boating
Boaters in coastal waters need to pay attention to local tides to avoid running aground and, in the cse of kayaks and sailboats, being swept out to sea. You should always know the tides, especially when leaving and/or returning to shallow water. High and low tides normally occur twice a day at about six hour intervals. Their rise and fall can cause water levels to fluctuate by several feet and also strong currents to develop. This can make vessels run aground in areas where earlier navigation may have been safe. Tides can also affect docking to a fixed pier.

As a boat operator, you need local tidal knowledge for safety purposes. It’s a good idea to learn how to decipher tide tables found in many coastal area newspapers. They can also be found on NOAA weather radio channels.

Tidal Currents
Around points and harbor entrances tides can run at speeds of up to 5 knots. The direction of the current changes twice a day. Tidal currents are influenced by both land forms and bottom contours They are not intuitive and are best learned by reference to the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book. Tidal currents can have a tremendous impact on surface conditions too. A 15 knot wind blowing contrary to a 3 knot tide can kick up seas that are dangerous in small boats.


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  • Station 44018 - CAPE COD - 24 NM East of Provincetown, MA
    April 28, 2015 1:50 am EDT
    Location: 42.137N 69.713W
    Wind Direction: NNE (20°)
    Wind Speed: 23.3 knots
    Wind Gust: 29.2 knots
    Significant Wave Height: 3.9 ft
    Dominant Wave Period: 5 sec
    Average Period: 3.9 sec
    Mean Wave Direction: N (8°)
    Atmospheric Pressure: 29.59 in (1001.9 mb)
    Pressure Tendency: +0.01 in (+0.4 mb)
    Air Temperature: 41.4°F (5.2°C)
    Dew Point: 36.0°F (2.2°C)
    Water Temperature: 43.0°F (6.1°C)


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News releases from Cape Cod National Seashore.
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    Calling all families! During April vacation Cape Cod National Seashore will host several programs to connect families and young people with the nature, history, and operations of the national seashore. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/cape-cod-national-seashore-offers-family-programs-during-april-vacation.htm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Joins National Find Your Park Movement
    Superintendent George Price announces that Cape Cod National Seashore joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. “Find Your Park” is also be the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18 – 26. The national seashore will offer several programs during the week, many of which are geared towards families. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/cape-cod-national-seashore-joins-national-find-your-park-movement.htm
  • 2015 Student Marine Art Exhibit in April at Cape Cod National Seashore
    A display of winners from the 2014 Marine Art Contest sponsored by Massachusetts Marine Educators will be on display at Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center from April 2 until April 28. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/2015-student-marine-art-exhibit-in-april-at-cape-cod-national-seashore.htm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Seeks Request for Proposals for Concession Contract for Food and Beverage Services at Herring Cove Beach
    Superintendent George Price announces that National Park Service has issued a concessions prospectus for a concession contract for food, beverage and other services at Herring Cove Snack Bar at Cape Cod National Seashore. The term of the new concession contract will be for ten (10) years, beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2025. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/cape-cod-national-seashore-seeks-request-for-proposals-for-concession-contract-for-food-and-beverage-services-at-herring-cove-beach.htm
  • Two Hundred Ninety-Eighth Meeting of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission
    The Two Hundred and Ninety-Eighth meeting of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will take place on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., in the meeting room at Headquarters, 99 Marconi Station Road, in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/two-hundred-ninety-eighth-meeting-of-the-cape-cod-national-seashore-advisory-commission.htm
  • Public Workshop Set for March 26 2015 - Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
    Representatives from Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Cape Cod Commission will host the second in a series of public workshops on the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Wellfleet Public Library, 55 West Main Street, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/public-workshop-set-for-march-26-2015-outer-cape-bicycle-and-pedestrian-master-plan.htm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Status Update After Two Major Winter Storms
    Superintendent George Price announces that Cape Cod National Seashore is open for operation following the intense wind, waves, and weather experienced over the course of two major storms. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/cape-cod-national-seashore-status-update-after-two-major-winter-storms.htm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Winter Film Festival, The National Parks—America’s Best Idea, a Film by Ken Plus Films for Families on Holiday Weekends
    Cape Cod National Seashore will kick off its annual winter film festival on Sunday, January 18, with the first segment of the Ken Burns series on the history of the National Park Service. Films will show on six consecutive Sundays at 1:30 PM on the theatre-size screen at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Refreshments will be provided 30 minutes prior to each film. The movies are free, thanks to generous funding from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/cape-cod-national-seashore-to-host-winter-film-festival-the-national-parks-a-film-by-ken-plus-films-for-families-on-holiday-weekends.htm
  • Province Lands Bicycle Trail Temporary Closure for Bridge Reconstruction
    Superintendent George Price announces that portions of the Province Lands Bicycle Trail will be closed from December 1, 2014 to mid-March 2015 for reconstruction of the two bicycle bridges at Province Lands Road. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/province-lands-bicycle-trail-temporary-closure-for-bridge-reconstruction.htm
  • CC Commission Announces Workshop Set for October 30, 2014: Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
    Representatives from Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Cape Cod Commission will host the first in a series of public workshops on the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Truro Community Center , 7 Standish Way, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. http://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/news/workshop-announced-for-outer-cape-bicycle-and-pedestrian-master-plan.htm

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