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Nov 6th, 2000, 11:26 AM
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elaine
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bring duck shoes if you're leaving for Venice

Hi
I was just sent the following information via
a Venice email newsletter

EXCEPTIONAL HIGH TIDE PEAK IN VENICE:
131 cms. at 19.30 local time, november 6, 2001.
Wind is making the tide raise faster than usual. Tide has not stopped raising yet. Water has covered areas which are rarely touched by "acqua alta".
 
Nov 7th, 2000, 10:47 PM
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Elaine: This is a topic I'd like to follow up on... Could you (or someone else out there) advise how I could find out when tides ''are predicted'' to be high in Venice..? Planning a trip for next spring. Probably Apr. or May... Is there a web site / source I could check, plan to avoid soggy shoes and runny nose? Thanks, Lois
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 05:30 AM
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elaine
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Hi
I haven't used this website in a while, and I don't recall how far ahead the tide predictions are listed, but try this
http://www.meteoconsult.fr/cgii-bin/
maree/infoPort
When you go to the site, click on the English flag for English language, then on Marine, then on Tides
I am not a meteorological expert, but I believe that Aqua Alta factors include tide factors as well as wind and rain.
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 06:04 AM
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elaine
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I should have added, aqual alta most commonly occurs in the fall I believe, would be more surprising in the spring
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 06:16 AM
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I don't know of any site for long term tide forecast for Venice. For a short term forecast (60 hours) you may consider
http://www.comune.venezia.it/maree/prev.asp?F=page_b

The chance of exceptional high tides (acqua alta) in April and May is close to zero (it's more probable in winter). Note that being one of the lowest spots in Venice, Piazza San Marco gets flooded with relatively low tides (anything over 70cm starts flooding it). BTW, San Marco will be flooded today (evening), tomorrow (morning and evening) and Friday (morning), according to the forecast.

Paulo

PS. Whatever the tide reached on Monday, the number reported by Elaine is indeed very high and unusual. Recent peaks over the 130 cm mark have been registered in 1979 (166 cm); 1981 (138 cm); 1986 (158 cm); 1992 (142 cm); and 1996 (134). The catastrophic record was set in nov 4th, 66, with 194 cm and just about everything under water.
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 06:38 AM
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Just for the record, I just learned that the water level reached 144 cm last Monday.

Paulo
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 07:50 AM
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Fwhiteside
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Judging from all the rain/flooding going on all over the planet we're going to have to stop calling it 'Earth' & start calling it 'Water' !
But then there's always been more water than land hasn't there ???
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 07:50 AM
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sandi
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Amazing how much difference a week makes....sunny and 70 degrees a week ago..We lucked out!
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 10:52 AM
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jim
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I can't comment on tides and storms, but I have been to Venice in the spring and experienced no problems whatsoever. Water was low, and weather was nice.
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 11:03 AM
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I've been in Venice in the spring with nice weather and been in Venice in the spring with awful weather. One year in late April or early May it rained for days and there was flooding in Piazza San Marco, along the Zattere, and elsewhere. It wasn't an official acqua alta, which involves a specific conjunction of tides and winds, but that really doesn't matter when your feet are soaking wet. My only solution was to relax and enjoy it -- it was kind of dramatic and fun.
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 10:06 AM
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elaine
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