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Re: Current tables

NOAA may have more data points then Eldridge but it is important to keep in mind that they are only PREDICTIONS based on astronomical data. The predictions will not reflect the influence a strong, persistent easterly blow might impart. Eldridge actually points this out if you read the text that is in there.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-10-2012
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P.11 of the 2012 Eldridge covers the "old data" issue. Last year, I noticed that The Race current predictions were accurate but inside Fishers and into LI Sound, the current did not coincide even roughly to predictions. It's a fairly significant issue if currents are not at least NEAR predictions. When your boat only goes 6 knots, bucking a strong current that is not supposed to be running against you for two hours, makes a big difference. There are so many lobster traps in this stretch of water that it is very easy to see exactly when the current ebbs and compare to the tables. I'm pretty careful about running with currents and this is the only area I have ever noticed a big difference.

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