Spring tide

What does "Spring tide" mean?

Today it means: The greater tides of a lunar month.

When the Earth, moon and sun line up there is a greater pull on the seas which produce bigger tides. Seas will rise higher and go out further (the range) in a spring tide then they would in a neap tide and water will flow much faster. They occur around two days after a new moon and a full moon.

See also: Neap tide   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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