It always amazes me when I watch programs on Discovery, or see pictures of, the differences between high and low tides. Isn't it in the Amazon where high tide creates a wave so large it can be surfed?
High and low tide in front of my house is barely discernable. It can literally be measured in inches. It took me a long time to even figure out which was which. I have a pretty good measurement for it though. Meet Crocodile Rock.
The view I have of it from my front porch makes it look like a crocodile about to slither into the water. But it never makes it. See that gap under what would be its' jaws? Even at high tide the water does not touch it.
So what is this then?
Whenever we have powerful winds like we have been having lately, we get a mini surge, like from a hurricane. The water comes way up on shore. In the photo above I caught one of the smaller waves coming in and crashing. And it wasn't even high tide yet!
These may not look like killer waves to you. But they do to me! Although they were only about 3 feet at the highest, I would probably describe them to somebody as 10' high! Thus is the effect of the scary water to me!