Ed Bedford 6 p.m., April 1
May Tides, Merry Moon
Highest Tides this month, measuring +6.3 feet, occur on Wednesday, May 26 at 8:41pm, and also on Thursday, May 27 at 9:19pm. The lowest tides of the month, measuring -1.2 feet, occur on Thursday, May 27, at the inconvenient hour of 3:46am, and again on Friday, May 28, at 4:27am. For very-early-morning exploration of tidepools, you might try low tide the following day (Saturday, the 29th). On that morning a -1.1-foot tide happens at 5:07 am, more or less during the day’s first light.
May Ends with evenings well-illuminated by moonlight. On Thursday, May 27 the full moon rises over the mountains just before sunset, spends the whole night arcing from east to west across the sky, and finally sets over the ocean near dawn on Sunday. Only during full phase does the moon truly "rule the night." Some folk names for the May full moon are "hare moon," "merry moon," "flower moon," and "moon when the ponies shed."
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- Moon of Long Nights, High and Low Tides — Dec. 20, 2010
- Low Tides and a Green Grass Moon — April 27, 2010
- Lowest Temperatures, Latest Sunrise, Fullest Moon, Lowest Tide — Jan. 9, 2009
- Poinsettias, Exceptional Tides, the Moon of Longs Nights, and the Geminid Meteor Shower — Dec. 10, 2008