About Tide Timesremove ads
Tide Times is a site that first started out as a short automated script I developed in order to keep an eye on the local tides at Grimsby so that I'd know the best time to take my dog, Bobby (right), for a swim off the beach at Cleethorpes.
For a few weeks after that, nothing happened.
Eventually I began to dimly perceive that this kind of information might be useful to other people - not just dog walkers, but fishermen, surfers and... well alright dog walkers as well. In any event, I started started looking around for some data.
I contacted the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in Liverpool who kindly gave me permission to use the 56 lots of 28-day predictions published on their website. I fed the location names to Google to turn them into coordinates, and after cleaning up the badly misplaced ones, plotted them on a Google Map along with that day's tide times.
More recently, the UK Government began an initiative to share data under via data.gov.uk which allowed me to include hundreds more locations from the UK Hydrograph Office website. This made the map much more interesting.
These days the site's emphasis is more about sharing the data - I've added RSS feeds and Twitter accounts so that more people can see the tides in a format that suits them. If you have any suggestions in this regard, please let me know.
There are a few more things planned like GeoLocation of tidal predictions so that you can see the tide times near your physical location, and a mobile version of the site for smartphones. That's all in the not-so-distant future.
As for Bobby, he still enjoys his swimming.