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"Epic Low Tide" Observed After Storm

Did you see how far the tide went out on Sunday and Monday? Have you ever seen it so low on Martha's Vineyard?

The Cape and Islands saw midday tides fall to what the Chappy Ferry Facebook page called "nearly historic lows" Sunday and Monday.

In Edgartown Monday afternoon, Fuller and Lighthouse beaches were high and dry, with a bathtub ring of rocks and a string of sandbars.

"The tide went out and stayed out," posted Woods Hole radio station WCAI on its Facebook page, along with a NOAA chart showing the dramatic change between Saturday's ebb and that of the following two days.

Posting on its Facebook page, the Woods Hole Inn called it "an epic low tide."

Chappy Ferry had no explanation: "This was supposed to be a regular half-moon low tide. We didn't really have a storm surge during the gale of the previous day."

Can anyone answer the question: What caused these "epic" lows?

Did you see the low tides? Do you have photos to share? We'd love to see them.

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Carolyn O'Daly February 19, 2013 at 04:57 PM
More global warming? Thought the seas were getting higher!
marjorie Nichols February 19, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Hi, Any observations on whether there were unusually high tides elsewhere in the Atlantic? I have heard that when people in Asia many years ago, went to look where the tide disappeared to they were met with a return wave so high that it might have been a tsunami. Glad the low tide stayed out. Anyone have information on the story that I heard from a while back? Any one notice that there are often (predictable) high tides at the same time as storms? Thanks, mn
Marie February 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I walked the beach in Chatham yesterday to see the new Chatham Break caused by Sandy. It was eerie to see the tide so incredibly low. There was a dragger waiting for it to get high enough to go into Chatham Harbor.
Steve 3 February 20, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Interesting graph of tide heights can be found in the "week plot of ocean data" here:http://mvcodata.whoi.edu/mvco/tsplots/OcnindexE.html
Nawrie Meigs - Brown February 21, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Rocks appeared off of our beach in Woods Hole that I have never seen before. That was odd enough but the weirdest part about this event was that the tide was low all day - it didn't come back in! It was truly eerie!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 04:14 AM
I thought it was freakish, too: I have been going to the beach in Edgartown since the 1960s and had never seen what I saw Monday. It was barely recognizable. Many thanks to you for sharing your experiences.
Tot Balay February 25, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Have you asked the scientists at WHOI? They may have some wisdom to share.


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