Pink Supermoon High Tide

Pink Supermoon causes captivating high tide in The Bay – April 2021

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Whoa – that was quick!

Before we get to the April Pink Supermoon, I guess I should say that I’m like a London bus – you wait ages for one and then two come along at once! Yesterday, I promised I would write more often but twice in 24 hours, really?!

I mention a London bus because they run quite freqently and can often be found ‘bunched up’ (that’s if my memory serves me right because it’s been a long time now since I was last in London Town). Here though things are different – we maybe have three to four busses a day! I like it that way but for some folks it is a cause of isolation. Click here if you would like to find out more about buses in the Grange-over-Sands area. Anyway I digress…

April Pink Supermoon

Early this morning (04:31 BST to be precise), we were visited by the first of the two Supermoons scheduled for 2021. April’s full moon is traditionally known as the Pink Moon, as its appearance coincides with the flowering of a type of pink moss called Phlox Subulata in some regions of the northern hemisphere. Notwithstanding its name, the Pink Supermoon is not pink at all!

The title of ‘supermoon’ is granted to full and new moons that pass Earth at the closest point in their orbit, which today and next month (the second supermoon, the ‘Flower Moon’, of 2021 will appear on 26 May) is less than 224,000 miles (360,000km).

The term ‘supermoon’ was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 per cent of perigee, its closest approach to Earth.

Sadly, due to dense cloud here in the South Lakes, the moon was not visible – but hey there’s always the chance to view  next one, right?!

One of the effects of a full moon (not just a supermoon) is that the increased gravitational pull causes an uplift in the height of the sea tide, and it was just so here on the shore of Morecambe Bay. I try not to miss a high tide and, luckily, today there was an instance just after noon, at 12:08 BST.

Oftentimes the shore here is covered in sea grass as the course of the River Kent meanders through The Bay on it’s way to the Irish Sea. That changes on a full moon high tide and the waters of The Bay lap onto (and sometimes over) our esplanade. And so today, along with many other folks, I enjoyed a stroll to view the spectacle and enjoy an ice cream! Well, you have to do something while sitting and waching the world go by don’t you?

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