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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
June's Lowest Tides are for early risers only! Check out the local tidepool life without hordes of other people around. Wednesday, June 15 features a minus 1.5-foot tide at 3:51 a.m. Thursday, June 16 brings a minus 1.5-foot tide at 4:33 a.m. Wake up on Friday, June 17 for a minus 1.3-foot tide at 5:15 a.m. On Saturday, June 18, the tide sinks to only minus 0.9 feet at 5:55 a.m., a quarter-hour after the time of sunrise.
June's Full Moon, occurring Wednesday, the 15th, rises impressively from the dusky east horizon at around 8:10 p.m., just 10 minutes after the time of sunset. The June full moon is sometimes called the "rose moon," "strawberry moon," or "honey moon" because of its tinted color. Especially when seen from high northern latitudes, the June full moon always stays close to the horizon, where its light is filtered and reddened by the atmosphere. From San Diego, June's full moon reaches a maximum altitude of about 33 degrees above the horizon -- about as high as the sun gets at noon in December.