Tides and Currents
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Mean tidal range is 0.4 m (1'03'') at the lower end of the bay
and 0.5 m (1'09'') at Tampa.
Spring range is 0.5 m (1'09'') at the lower end of the bay and
0.7 m (2'03'') at Tampa; however, strong winds have
considerable influence on the tide.
A strong off-shore wind (N winds occur in the winter) may lower the water
level in the bay by about 1 m (3'-4') and retard the time of HW by
as much as 3 hours. Continued strong SW wind may raise the water level by
nearly the same amount and advance the time of HW by up to 1 hour.
In Egmont Channel the ebb tide may attain a velocity of 3 knots and the
flood tide up to some 2 knots. The ebb tide sets NW and the flood tide sets
SE across the bar.
Wind and Sea
The prevailing winds are from the E. On the average there are 91 days with
thunder showers, occurring mostly in the late afternoons from June to
The risk of hurricanes moving in from the Gulf of Mexico is generally
greatest in June and October.
Fog occurs frequently at night during the cool weather season with an
average of 25 days of heavy fog each year.