Wick tide gauge site

The tide gauge building is mounted over an unused stilling well at the end of Wick Harbour next to the ship repair slipway. The pressure points are located directly beneath the building.
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Tide gauge location

The tide gauge equipment is housed in a GRP building and consists of a pneumatic bubbler system with two full-tide and a mid-tide pressure points mounted on steelwork attached to the stilling well. All three pressure lines are monitored by the POL data logger. A pressure signal is also supplied to an Ott pneumatic gauge for the Harbour.

Tide gauge location The tide gauge is levelled to the tide gauge bench mark support by Ordnance Survey auxiliary marks.

External users

Sea level pressures and/or elevations from this site are supplied to the following authority:

  • Wick Harbour

Site history

1964 – Lea gauge installed
1985 – The wooden tide gauge building was refurbished, and the DATARING system was installed; the Lea gauge was replaced with a Munro gauge and a single pneumatic bubbler system
1995 – All equipment removed from site for installing a new GRP tide gauge building – on completion the DATARING system was reinstalled: new steelwork was fitted supporting two full-tide and a mid-tide measuring system with an Ott pneumatic gauge
2001 – POL data logger installed

Location
Latitude58° 26.458'N
Longitude3° 5.179'W
Grid refND 3668 5081
Earliest data1964
Tidal levels 2008 to 2026
HAT3.97 m
LAT0.06 m
MHWS3.51 m
MHWN2.78 m
MLWN1.43 m
MLWS0.63 m
H for 2017 3.83 m
L for 2017 0.24 m
H for 2018 3.87 m
L for 2018 0.16 m
MSR2.88 m
MNR1.35 m

Abbreviations
HAT – highest astronomical tide
LAT – lowest astronomical tide
MHWS – mean high water springs
MHWN – mean high water neaps
MLWN – mean low water neaps
MLWS – mean low water springs
H – highest for year
L – lowest for year
MSR – mean spring range
MNR – mean neap range

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