As a modification of Wood's original idea linking astronomy and the Titanic, we suggest that perigean spring tides
during each of those three months--especially the period near the extreme lunar perigee on January 4th--could have helped to refloat icebergs.
The number of birds specializing on ebb (n = 11, spring tides
and n = 6, neap tides) and flood tides (n = 6, spring tides
and n = 8, neap tides) [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4 OMITTED] did not change significantly between the spring and neap tide series ([X.
Then at some time between 5,800 and 4,600 years ago there came a moment when even the lowest of the low spring tides
failed to reveal any dry land and the tidal strait as we know it today was first formed.
Bob Warwick, of RNLI New Brighton, said: "A spring tide
of 10m at high water made this more challenging than usual.
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He said: "When we have a spring tide
, the rate the tide comes in increases and so does the volume of water.
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A strong southerly gale and a high spring tide
could cause the wall to give way and allow the sea to flood large parts of the town.
The sea and the weather seemed perfect for fishing during the day, but come the start of the match, the spring tide
came with some force, making many places unfishable.
The Spring tide
that flooded Ireland in the last General Election all but drained away last night.
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I am only able to conclude that it'll only take "a few extra inches" of rain for the same thing to happen next time a high spring tide
coincides with low pressure and heavy rain.