The importance of the tide board
Know the importance of the tide table to enjoy even more your days in Pipa.
Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Pipa is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Brazil, however, knowing the tides is essential so you can enjoy your beaches and walks more safely.
This happens for several reasons, one of them for example is that if you want to walk between the beaches of downtown, Golfinhos, Minas and Praia do Amor, the ideal is to choose times of tide, since when the tide is high the sea can cover the strip of sand that leads between one beach and another.
But after all, what are the tides?
The tides are defined as the rise and fall of sea level that is caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces of the Moon, the Sun and the Earth's rotation. Depending on the position of the Moon and the Sun, two types of tides may occur:
. High tide: when the face of the earth you are facing is facing or facing the Moon.
. Low tide: occurs on the faces of the earth that form an angle of approximately 90º in relation to the moon.
Because the moon is our closest neighbor to the entire solar system, it has the greatest impact on tidal movements, and its differences (high and low) determine the depth of water at any point throughout the day.
The interval between tides typically varies twice a day. High tide occurs every 12 hours and 25 minutes, which means that it takes six hours and 12.5 minutes to go from high tide to low tide or vice versa.
It is also important to take into consideration the annual variable difference in distance between the moon and the earth. As the moon follows its elliptical path around our planet, the change in distance between them is large enough to influence the height of the tide. When the moon is closer to Earth, the tides are higher than normal, and when it is more distant, the tides are lower.
In Pipa it is very easy to notice the differences between low and high tides. Some beaches, such as the center beach, have a large strip of sand during low tides and a very small strip of sand during high tides.
How to read the board of tides?
For you to plan your trip to Pipa in the best possible way, it is important to take a look at the tide table, which is why VivePipa has teaches you to understand this data a little better.
Firstly, it is important to note that although charts and tide tables can be formatted in different ways, all the necessary information is there. Normally each table or chart includes date, time and height for low and high tides. As heights can vary greatly, some boards also include a patch part, which allows you to make the necessary adjustment for your specific area.
When you have the tide board at Pipa or anywhere, all you need to do is follow three steps that are quite simple.
1. Understand chart data - Chart Datum. Bear in mind that all tide heights are measured relative to the defined reference plane known as Chart Datum, which is basically a mean measure of low tide heights. The nautical charts use this same reference to measure the depth of the sea. If you calculate the height of the tide at a particular location and add it to the Chat Datum, you can determine the actual depth of the water at any given time.
2. Identify high tide information. High tide is always the largest number on a tide chart and sometimes has a plus sign (+) before. This number shows how much higher the Chart Datum the tide will be.
Important: When using a tide chart, always observe the time zone!
You can select the Tide table for Pipa by clicking here.