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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Provincetown Buoy Station 44018

  • Station 44018 - CAPE COD - 24 NM East of Provincetown, MA
    September 2, 2015 9:50 pm EDT
    Location: 42.137N 69.713W
    Wind Direction: SSW (210°)
    Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
    Wind Gust: 13.6 knots
    Significant Wave Height: 1.6 ft
    Dominant Wave Period: 11 sec
    Average Period: 3.5 sec
    Mean Wave Direction: SE (132°)
    Atmospheric Pressure: 29.87 in (1011.6 mb)
    Pressure Tendency: +0.00 in (+0.0 mb)
    Air Temperature: 70.2°F (21.2°C)
    Dew Point: 64.4°F (18.0°C)
    Water Temperature: 67.8°F (19.9°C)

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News releases from Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Coast Guard Night on August 27 at Old Harbor
    This year marks the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard. To honor the agency’s rich past and the vital role it continues to play in saving lives, Cape Cod National Seashore will host Coast Guard Night on August 27 at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum at Race Point Beach in Provincetown. During the 6 PM event, national seashore staff will reenact the historic “beach apparatus drill,” an activity that was practiced weekly during the late 1800s and early 1900s by men of the U.S Lifesaving Service (USLSS), predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard. National seashore staff reenact this drill for the public every Thursday in July and August. August 27 is the final drill of the season, and the public is invited to attend.
  • Fifth Annual Science in the Seashore Symposium
    The Atlantic Research and Learning Center at Cape Cod National Seashore will host the fifth annual Science in the Seashore Symposium at the Salt Pond Visitor Center on Thursday, August 27, from 1 to 5 PM. This popular program features a diverse group of scientists and scholars sharing with the public the natural and cultural research projects they are conducting within the seashore.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Celebrate Founders Day
    This year marks the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), and Cape Cod National Seashore will over 400 other national park areas to celebrate Founder’s Day on August 25th. The public is invited to join the party by visiting a national seashore beach for free, or participating in interpretive activities and open houses at historic buildings. This year’s theme is “99 Ways to Find Your Park.” As we head towards the NPS Centennial in 2016 we invite everyone to consider and share what makes this and other national parks meaningful to them.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Geography Gameshow on August 25
    Join Neal Nichols for a free, one-hour, interactive, geography program at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 25 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. The “Geography Gameshow” is an event that features the rendering of a map from memory through which the audience interacts and participates by identifying specific locations throughout the program.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Program on Weather
    Keith Michael Johnson’s kid-friendly program, “Wild About Weather,” is jam-packed with funny demonstrations, audience interaction, and solid meteorological science. Join Keith Michael Johnson for this free, one-hour presentation at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 18 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Presentation on Sea Turtles
    For over 30 years Mass Audubon has been researching and rescuing sea turtles off of the beaches of Cape Cod. Most people don’t realize Massachusetts’ waters are home to four species of sea turtles: leatherback, green, loggerhead, and Kemp’s ridley. Join Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott for a free, one-hour presentation at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 11, about the turtles found in local waters and the challenges they face.
  • Artists Invited to Submit Portfolios to Exhibit at Cape Cod National Seashore Fall 2015 to Spring 2016
    The outer Cape Cod landscape has long served as muse for artists from around the world. Each autumn, winter, and spring Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center hosts a series of art exhibitions focusing on the seashore’s many varied natural and cultural resources. The seashore is currently accepting applications from artists interested in showing their work in month-long exhibitions between October 2015 and April 2016
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Once Upon a Tide with Jackson Gillman
    Jackson Gillman is so adept at changing into a wide variety of colorful characters, that he is called the "Stand-Up Chameleon." He might be a salty lobsterman one moment, and then one of the various creatures he comes across while fishing the next. Join Jackson for a rollicking mix of interactive songs, movement, and stories that is guaranteed to delight and enchant you and your family. Head to Salt Pond Visitor Center at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 4 for a free, one-hour show in which he will draw on his fishy repertoire, from the sandy beach to the briny deep.
  • Bicycle Safety Committee presents - Bicycle Safety at the Seashore
    In an effort to reduce incidence and severity of bike accidents at Cape Cod National Seashore, as well as promote the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program, the Bicycle Safety Committee will host its fifth annual “Bicycle Safety at the Seashore”. This event will take place on Friday, July 31th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Province Lands Visitor Center and on Friday, August 7th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center.
  • Seashore to Host Evening Program “Earth Celebrations” with Acclaimed Storyteller Rona Leventhal
    Sit back, put your feet up and join storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and tales from her repertoire of multicultural stories. Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing and magic happens. Her program “Earth Celebrations” will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing as she shares stories from silly to serious, and from mysterious to monstrous. Adults and children alike are invited to enjoy her tales at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 28 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.
  • Far Land on the Beach, LLC, Selected as Concessions Operator at Herring Cove Beach
    Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price has announced that National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Michael Caldwell has selected Far Land on the Beach, LLC., to operate the food concession at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, MA. Herring Cove Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the six beaches managed by Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Next Meeting of Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission is September 14
    Superintendent George Price announces that the meeting of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission that was listed in the Federal Register for July 20, 2015 has been rescheduled to September 14, 2015 at 1:00pm at the park headquarters, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Healthy Parks, Healthy People Kick-Off Event on July 6, 2015
    Superintendent George Price announces that Cape Cod National Seashore will host a kick-off event for the summer’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People program on July 6, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm in the parking lot of the Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham. The event kicks off the new Healthy Parks, Healthy People walking program in partnership with Cape Cod Healthcare
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Great White Shark Safety 2015
    Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price reminds visitors and residents that we share the national seashore with native wildlife. While it is rare for a great white shark to bite a human, it did occur in Truro in 2012. There are several steps that visitor can take to stay safe and to protect wildlife.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore to Continue Traffic Detours on Province Lands Road in 2015 to Protect Spadefoot Toads
    Superintendent George Price announces that traffic on Province Lands Road will continue to be occasionally detoured to protect spadefoot toads. The detour, which may be implemented from June through October, on rainy nights, is intended to help protect the eastern spadefoot toad.
  • Repair Work to Begin on Herring Cove Beach North Parking Lot
    Superintendent George Price announces that the work to repair the winter storm damage to the north parking lot at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, will begin June 18th. We expect the project will last 2-3 weeks. During this period we will to maintain 70 parking spaces in the north lot, as well as 400 spaces in the south lot.
  • Pets at Cape Cod National Seashore
    Superintendent George Price announces that two new areas of Cape Cod National Seashore are being seasonally opened to leashed pets. Effective immediately leashed pets will be allowed on the Nauset Bike Trail in Eastham from Salt Pond Visitor Center to Coast Guard Beach from November 1st through April 30th each year. Additionally, leashed pets are now allowed on a portion of the Great Island trail system.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore Announces Fee Increases for 2015 Season
    Superintendent George Price announces that the National Park Service Director approved a new entrance fee structure for Cape Cod National Seashore. The new entrance fees are: $3 per person per day (pedestrians and bicyclists); $10 per motorcycle per day; $20 per vehicle per day; and $60 for the seasonal Cape Cod National Seashore sticker for a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. The new entrance fees go into effect on Friday, May 22, 2015.

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