High tides sweep back into Broome

Glenn Cordingley
The seasonal high tides have swept back into Broome.

The seasonal high tides were back in Broome today.

A 9.9 metre tide at 11.40am was not quite as high as the 10.3 metre King Tide in March, but it provided all the usual characteristics associated with the town's massive water movements.

Normally dry scrubland around the airport on both sides of Broome Road went under water, while the Indian Ocean pushed towards the sand dunes at Cable Beach.

Tides are mostly created by the combined gravitational influences of the moon, the sun and the earth itself.

A strong wind blowing from a constant direction can also push the sea in front of it, which is why we can have storm surge effects when a cyclone is in our vicinity.