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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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Wood stated that "the calving frequency of icebergs increases noticeably during spring tides" and specifically emphasized the ocean tides caused by the "precise astronomical circumstances existing on January 4, 1912 ...
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.
Forecasters yesterday warned of coastal flooding along the length of the UK as spring tides coincide with what could be the strongest storm of the winter.
Carry on, keep going, together we'll endure; apart, though together, we leap past the shiver of pure deceit, shatter the ice of spring tides, reclaim our reflected selves.
So it's a mystery why such tides are called "spring tides," but they are - and tides of unusual springiness are happening this weekend on the Oregon Coast.