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spring tide

either of the two tides that occur at or just after new moon and full moon when the tide-generating force of the sun acts in the same direction as that of the moon, reinforcing it and causing the greatest rise and fall in tidal level. The highest spring tides (equinoctial springs) occur at the equinoxes

spring tide

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spring tide

[′spriŋ ′tīd]
(oceanography)
Tide of increased range which occurs about every 2 weeks when the moon is new or full.
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It seems most likely that the mass strandings that occurred after the Beast from the East were driven by high wind speeds combined with low spring tides and extreme cold temperatures (for the UK).
On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides and strong westerly winds bring a risk of large waves and spray and possible flooding to the South West coast of England and along the Severn Estuary.
We are just a few days away before the first spring tides start to occur.
Spring tides occur at both new Moon and full Moon, when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up, and the tide-raising forces of the Sun and Moon combine for a greater net effect.
He recommended checking tide times, paying attention to higher spring tides, and weather forecasts, especially in case of fog.
HIGH spring tides backed up by strong winds could cause flooding in low lying areas this morning officials warned.
The spring tides at the moment are some of the biggest of the year.
The Htel des Isles puts on special holidays during high spring tides so guests can gather up the cockles and mussels from the beach at Barneville-Carteret (pictured).
However this is a natural process which occurs from time to time when stormy sea conditions and high spring tides coincide.
We've had some nasty south-westerly winds for the last few days [and] coupled with spring tides, there's a fair swell running onto the coast.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We always expect high spring tides at this time of year, which can cause the river to burst its banks.
The arrival of this exceptionally deep area of low pressure is expected to coincide with Spring tides on Monday bringing the risk of flooding to western coasts stretching from southern England to northern Scotland," Brian Golding, head of Forecasting at the Met Office said.