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I well remember the tides in 1991!  We are expecting a high tide of 6.4
feet this year which was higher than that experienced in 1991.  It really
should be a good show.  The low tide does the damage here, at least to the
sailboats in the harbor as the water is so low that many are grounded and
on their sides.  The moorings are not spaced sufficiently apart to clear
the neighboring rigging, so gross entanglements occur.
     Our answer----go to sea and wait for the high tide to return.  I
expect to be on the Fuji satellites at this time reporting all I can!
Cliff K7RR    Morro Bay, CA  

On Sat, 18 Dec 1999, Hank Riley wrote:

> Apparently the December 22 moon message floating around the Internet
> is only partially correct, as this story from http://www.nandotimes.com
> asserts.
> Hank, N1LTV
> http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/3161/hablic.htm
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>  WASHINGTON (December 17, 1999 10:48 a.m. EST 
>  http://www.nandotimes.com)  
>  The final full moon of the millennium comes Dec. 22 on the first day of 
>  winter and during the closest lunar approach to the Earth, but the 
>  combination is not as rare as some people have thought, experts say.
>  Sky and Telescope magazine reports on its Web site that people have
>  been sending e-mail and faxes insisting that the combination of
>  closeness to Earth and the winter solstice will make next Wednesday's
>  full moon the brightest in more than a century.
>  Not so, says Roger W. Sinnott, associate editor of the magazine.
>  Approximately the same combination of things happened in December
>  1991, and it was very close to the same in December 1980. Furthermore,
>  the full moon passed nearer to the Earth in 1930 and 1912 than in this
>  year, Sky & Telescope says.
>  "This is a cool combination of things and the poet in me loves it,"
>  Sten Oldenwald, an astronomer who works for Raytheon at the Goddard
>  Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in an interview Thursday. "But
>  it is not particularly rare."
>  The winter solstice, which occurs when the tilt of the Earth's axis
>  puts the sun directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, comes every
>  December. It marks the first day of winter. Oldenwald said it is not
>  unusual for the full moon to come within 24 hours of the solstice.
>  Perigee, when the moon is closest to the Earth, also happens quite
>  often in December, he said.
>  "About every 10 years or so you will get approximately this
>  combination," he said. "It will happen five to seven times in a
>  lifetime."
>  The full moon on Wednesday will be at its closest approach to Earth in
>  about 70 years, but it will take an exceedingly sharp eye to spot any
>  difference from an average full moon, Oldenwald said.
>  The moon makes an elliptical orbit of the Earth, ranging on average
>  from about 227,000 miles away at the closest to about 254,000 miles at
>  the farthest. On Wednesday night, the full moon will be 221,620 miles
>  from Earth.
>  In January, 1930, the full moon perigee was about 160 miles closer,
>  according to Sky & Telescope. The magazine said the record closeness
>  for a full moon was on Jan. 4, 1912, when the lunar sphere was 221,447
>  miles from Earth.
>  "The full moon would have been about 25 percent brighter than average
>  in 1912," said Oldenwald, "but I doubt that you could have told the
>  difference with the naked eye."
>  People living near the ocean may notice that the tides may run
>  slightly higher than normal on Wednesday because of the perigee full
>  moon, said Oldenwald. But even that is not unusual.
>  "Beach front property owners should be attuned to it," said Oldenwald.
>  "If you live on the beach and you remember 1991 when this last
>  happened, well it is going to happen again."
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