Tuesday 14th March saw a ‘spring tide’, which gives us the highest tidal range – the high tides at their highest, and low tides at their lowest. Spring tide is a common historical term that has nothing to do with the season, as often believed. Rather, the term comes from the concept of the tide springing forth, possibly derived from German or Scandinavian words. Spring tides occur twice every month when the moon and sun align with the earth, combining their gravitational pull on our seas, which creates the tides. Neap tides have the lowest range and occur twice a month in between the spring tides. I had expected to see the boardwalk submerged, but no winds and high air pressure saw the tide nearly one meter lower than it has been at previous spring tides.