Visualizing the tides of San Francisco Bay

Just for fun, here is every high and low tide for San Francisco Bay in 2016. Red dots are the high tides; blue dots are the low tides. (click to enlarge)

sf high and low tides

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I found it interesting that the highest low tide of the year is lower than the lowest high tide of the year. There’s a certain narrow range of water levels - about 3.1-3.4 feet - which sees neither high tides nor low tides. Perhaps there’s some obvious reason for this, known to oceanographers, but it was news to me! I’m also curious if the non-overlap of high and low tides is true everywhere?

Any tide gurus out there?

Posted 21 January 2016 in: analysis Tags: data , San Francisco