Why are tides lower in winter?

As Shakespeare once wrote, the answer is written in the stars. As most boating enthusiasts either know or quickly learn, tides are lower in winter because that’s the time of year in which the moon is closer to the earth – creating higher tides due to the gravitational pull of the moon. These tides are higher for a longer lasting period of time.  Another term that you will hear is “currents” which is the speed and direction of the flow of the water.

You can use that knowledge to guide your planning for boating; higher tides than typical can be expected between December and February, which may result in strong floods and other weather impact such as heavy rains.

Take time to understand the forecast in advance so you can better plan to navigate the waters.

To learn more about all things boating in Jacksonville and northern Florida, visit the community of water lovers and boaters at the Jax Boat Club.