Daily Archives: February 1, 2010

Nelson, now thats what I call a high “high” tide

1st February 2010

According to various sources, it was the highest tide of the year, officially…..on either Saturday, Sunday or today.

……and after that, well according to those same different sources again, the lowest tides of the year.

Strangely enough, with even my rudimentary knowledge of “astrophysics” I could be swayed by the belief that if the moon is closest to the Earth at one stage, then, when it revolves around the other side of Earth it could very likely be at its furthest away….perhaps allowing for that “lowest of low” tides. Like this today also….in fact about 6 hrs later…….

Lowest of the Whole Year - 2010

Lowest of the Whole Year - 2010

The fact that the moon was the closest to the earth this last few days, for the whole 2010 year, blue moon or not, that too had something to do with it.

If and when global warming does affect our coastline, then when we have a 4.6m high tide, like todays, Nelsonians get to have a bit of a preview of what things might be like.

Just like I did today……………………twas a bit of a surprise actually…………cue the required video…….

I have reported about this already a short time back in regards to a recent study commissioned from the Cawthron Institute, one of NZ’s leading research facilities. (well at least I thought I had, but this Real Estate blogging platform has gone through a couple of major upgrades over the last 3-4 weeks to the latest WordPress…..and let me tell you it didn’t come without the prerequisite “teething issues”….such that I seem to have difficulty searching over 450+ posts I’ve written in the last year & a bit to see where this article I wrote was? I’ll find it soon when I get the time and update you then)

One must not forget that between the Taranaki and Nelson regions, the overall western Cook Strait region, are the highest tides in New Zealand.

NIWA Lunar Semidiurnal Tide (M2) Chart - snapshot version

NIWA Lunar Semidiurnal Tide (M2) Chart - snapshot version

CHART – NIWA – Lunar Semidiurnal Tide (M2) – (short animation of sequence here too)

So it figures that if and when this rising sea-level phenomenon arrives, I we already in these parts of New Zealand will probably experience it first because, well frankly….. we already experience the “highest” highs and “lowest” lows of the current situation.

When I noticed the difference between the high tide today and then around tea time, the lowest low tide, which I could see while relaxing at an outside table, with my lovely wife at Relish, one of Nelsons newest seaside restaurants this evening, then one is made immediately and consciously very aware of those said differences.

Thinking about it now……….. it was probably the Seafarers Monument that was “the clincher”, I’d never seen the water level so low below it.

Interestingly……..can you also spot a fellow “photog” down there getting some perspective shots.

At the same time though, I’m also gently reminded of why folks that either like to live by, or work from, near or on the sea.

And perhaps you are asking “well then, why is that so?”

Well this……

and this

and this

or perhaps wind meets human meets technology……like this

but then again……there’s no substitute for speed…….or….

…….is there……..

and then this chap shows up………..

I wonder what he was spending today studying…..

then again today was also a day for “slowing” it down a notch or two…..

……but did you need help…………

……frankly no you were fine……(no I asked him – nothing after at least an hr) …..

…………just pondering the moment…….trying to work out how to get the car through……

…..enjoying some family time………then again if you weren’t……..perhaps you were a bit young for that……..so….

……..that’s when speed is handy…………

………or then again, not……

….some time with the kids……after all you don’t have to go too far…….

….to enjoy a day in Nelson with mans womens best friend do you?

Or just spend it fishing……

….just as long as you keep an eye on the tides……

….because if you don’t…….the road that I used to travel might not be there………

but thats ok because I know a shortcut……opphhhs I thought I did?

Know what?

All these photos ……..were taken today, 1st Feb 2010……….frankly for no other reason than to prove all these activities are what Nelsonians can do in one day.

I’m actually looking forward to another event tonight at 9:46pm, elevation 58 deg, compass WNW because I’ll then get to see the ISS (yes you know what that is) pass overhead like it did two nights ago – so very very bright …..from memory about a -4.something magnitude – thats pretty bright.

And just in case you think we in Nelson had all the fun these last two-three days perhaps you should check out the photos of what happened in Sarau and Golden Bay – over here at Nelson Life.

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