Visualizing Tidal Forces With Python

Rhett Allain
9 min readFeb 23, 2023
Photo: Rhett Allain. Where there’s a beach, there’s a tide (almost always).

I am legally required to start this with the following quote.

Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.

If you don’t know where that’s from, it’s fine. It’s still funny. OK, just to be clear — the tides are the rising and sinking of local ocean levels that happen twice a day. We usually associate…

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Rhett Allain

Physics faculty, science blogger of all things geek. Technical Consultant for CBS MacGyver and MythBusters. WIRED blogger.