Ocean Isle Beach Tide Chart
Use this handy Ocean Isle Beach Tide Chart to plan fishing, surfing, boating even when is the best time for a beach walk.
Add 40 minute to high tide and 50 minutes to low tide for Shallotte Inlet
Tides are when sea level rises and falls due to the combined effects of forces of gravity exerted by the Moon and the Sun and also the rotation of the Earth.
The Ocean Isle Beach area experiences four tides a day, two high and two low each day.
While tides are usually the largest source of short-term sea-level fluctuations, sea levels are also subject to forces such as wind and barometric pressure changes, resulting in storm surges, especially in shallow seas and near coasts.
Tide changes proceed over several stages:
• Sea level rises over several hours, covering the intertidal zone; flood tide.
• The water rises to its highest level, reaching high tide.
• Sea level falls over several hours, revealing the intertidal zone; ebb tide.
• The water stops falling, reaching low tide.
Tides produce currents known as tidal streams. When a tidal current ceases it is called slack water or a slack tide. Then the tide reverses direction and is said to be turning. Slack water normally happens near high water and low water. But in some locations the moments of slack tide differ quite a lot from those of high and low water.
Tides are mostly semi-diurnal (meaning two high waters & two low waters each day), or diurnal (meaning one tidal cycle per day). The two high tides on a given day are normally not the same height - these are the higher high water and the lower high water in tide tables. The two low waters each day are the higher low water and the lower low water.