Digital Outback Photo
- Photography using Digital SLRs


Essay #014

WXTide32: Tides and More


essay by Uwe Steinmueller


If you live near the Pacific and also have chosen to make the coastal scenery your main photographic subject knowing the tides gets even more important than to know the sunrise/sunset times. Of very special interest a so called "minus tides". These tides a below the normal zero level.

Searching on the internet for some software to show the tides we came across WXTide32 (Windows only but based on a UNIX program). WXTide32 is a great freeware program that does all we need.

WXTide32 Main Screen

Here is a list of only some of the many features:

  • Many locations can be loaded (we set it up for Monterey)
  • Minus tides can be easily found
  • Easy to scroll the timeline into the future(past)
  • Creates a text tide calendar for the current month
  • Move to a date in the future(past)

If you click into the graph you get additional information:

Extra Info

  • Exact time at cursor position
  • tide height
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Moonrise
  • Moonset
  • Moon phase

We compared the data with a local printed tide calendar and it matched exactly. Tomorrow we put it at a test when we visit Point Lobos at a minus tide (2003-1-1, 15:53, -1.4 feet).

We love this program and wanted to share this information with our readers.

More info and the software download can be found at


For Comments post in our News Group

2000-2007 Digital Outback Photo