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The tide is high but I’m holding on

Would the alignment of the Sun, Earth, Supermoon and their relative orbital distances around the winter solstice combine to create electromagnetic high tides and low tides? In Norfolk, England there were relatively exceptionally high and low tides.

Both planet Earth and the Moon moving quickest through Sun’s electric charged plasma? Some of the shortest distances between various Sun/Earth/Moon alignments, with the Moon ‘behind’ our globe.

Why are their normally two high and low tides per day?

  • A wonderfully fuller moon (super new moon) over the Northern hemisphere winter shortest days and longest celebrations
  • Calm weather especially in the evenings and still nights, usually clear nights or a light covering of clouds
  • Any breeze was very weak
  • Planet Earth’s closest physical approach to the Sun (perihelion) on 3 January 2019
  • 22 December was a super full moon with binary system of earth and Moon closer than normal
  • Earth and closer distance moon aligned with Sun when nearly closest to our plasma star
  • The orbital speed of object Earth is fastest at perihelion (closest) and slowest at aphelion (furthest) according to Kepler’s laws of planetary motion
  • The Moons orbital speed should be quickest at perilune (closest) and slowest at apolune (furthest)?

Sun’s winter perihelion

Earth is closest to the sun, the perihelion (3 January) during our planets orbit, around the winter solstice time (21 December). This year we had a full moon around the shortest day of the year.
moon earth sun winter solstice

Moon’s winter solstice 2018 perigee

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A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system or more simply full (or new) Moon at perigee. The term supermoon is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition.

The real association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but no such link has been found.

The most recent full supermoon occurred on January 31, 2018, and the next one will be on December 22, 2018
Supermoon | wikipedia

The tide is high and low but I’m holding on

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In Norfolk’s coastal towns we had a marvellously clear and crisp northern hemisphere solstice and Christmas (lo, Saturnalia!) period, the barometer was showing settled high pressure. Most importantly there were few windy days and if it was blowing then it was gentle or zephyr.

Norfolk’s rivers are mainly tidal rivers and the direction of the wind makes a large difference to the maximum and minimum high and low tides. If a strong wind from the south, north or easterly direction then this appears to push the North Sea’s water up into the estuaries, harbours and river mouths. Or the surging tidal wall of water does not allow the fresh and previously pushed upstream salt water to drain, causing the inland streams to get higher.

The most famous example of this is called the tidal surge that created the deadly North Sea floods of 1953. In the summer of 2018 we had surprisly high inland tides, with a couple of weeks of not that strong easterly winds that kept the inland rivers very high, even without much rain or ocean tidal surges.

Norfolk coastal areas and perhaps most British seaside towns can have periods of blustery daytimes and then in the evenings and during the night times the wind becomes calmer, an almost still dielectric.

Would the alignment of the Sun, Earth, Supermoon combined with the full moon’s orbit meaning it is closer to us than usual, and the Earth within a couple of weeks of its closest physical distance approach to the eletromagnetic Sun

Flood warning update

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Norfolk and Suffolk ahead of possible flooding over the next two high tides. Along the River Yare, warnings are in place between 7pm and 11.15pm tonight (January 1, 2019) and between 6.15am and 10.30am tomorrow (Wednesday, January 2, 2019).

A spokesperson for the flood information service said the minor flooding was most likely to effect riverside roads and footpaths: “The flooding is due to the natural tide locking effect of high tidal waters moving up the rivers from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft that restricts the normal drainage out to sea of the Broads river system at low tide.
Flood alerts issued for Norfolk and Suffolk | EDP

electromagnetic high low tides

5th January 2019 update

The tides have been high and also very low, with the barometer holding on to around 30.5 Relatively very stable for North Sea coasts in winter.

For a couple of weeks there has been very little wind, only a couple of rainy days. If it is a cloudy night then it has been a bit misty.

Flood alerts are being issued for the Broadland rivers Bure, Yare and Waveney as they will be tide-locked by the surge. The combination of strong N or NW winds and spring tide (associated with recent new moon) will bring the risk of large waves around the coast on Tuesday, and perhaps some localised coastal flooding.
Winter surge flood warnings across Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines | EDP

8th January 2019 update

Before and after pictures show destruction of beach huts by high tide | Eastern Daily Press
Video shows dramatic depths of north Norfolk floods in Walcott | Eastern Daily Press
Reader pictures show extent of flooding in Great Yarmouth area | Eastern Daily Press

20th March 2019 update

After a couple of weeks of stormy howling winds, the weather calmed down for the spring equinox at the same night as the last full moon of spring. Very low tides at night around Great Yarmouth for the next few days.

super worm moon tides

Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox. Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144. It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and will be the last such event in 2019.

Its unusual moniker is rooted in agricultural practices and is a nod to the emergence of worms in the soil around the time of the March full moon, although it is not the only sobriquet applied to a full moon in March: such an event is also known as a sap moon. A lot of the names that are used to describe the full moons throughout the year come from a native North American tradition so things like the appearance of wolves or the snow, said Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

February’s full moon – a snow moon – was also a supermoon, while January’s full moon – a wolf moon – was not only a supermoon, but also boasted a lunar eclipse.

However, it isn’t only the name that makes this lunar event different: this supermoon will occur on the same night as the northern hemisphere’s spring equinox where day and night are of the same duration – albeit with full illumination taking place at just before 2am GMT, a few hours after the equinox itself.
Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox | The Guardian

equinox full moon tidal high low

Every day you should have 2 low tides and 2 high tides. As humans fix the time of the day you sometimes have a total of only 3 tides during the day.

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On Monday 25th March 2019 we get a triple tide day, two low tide marks and one high tidal line.