Walter Mencken 10 a.m., July 31
The Valentine's Day Moon and Strong Tides
The Valentine’s Day Moon this year is in waxing gibbous phase, its three-quarter-full shape dominating the southeastern sky at dusk. Consider a walk after dark with your lover in any safe and reasonably dark place. Moonlight is magic in such locales as Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and the pathways along Mission Bay.
Strongly Negative Tides next week coincide with optimum times of day for tidepooling: Tuesday, February 15 at 1:31 p.m. (-1.1 feet); Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. (-1.4 feet); Thursday at 2:39 p.m. (-1.5 feet); and Friday at 3:13 p.m. (-1.3 feet). Very high tides will also occur within that string of days, most notably on Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. (+6.2 feet); Thursday at 7:59 a.m. (+6.3 feet); and Friday at 8:43 a.m. (+6.2 feet).