Written and Published by Lawrence Freytag
Free Downloads Available on Google Play
Washington State, Oregon, and California are supported
Application Titles: "Tide Now WA", "Tide Now OR", and "Tide Now CA"
This website describes apps being uploaded in November 2013. Prior yearly editions are being replaced with permanent versions. Please contact me for a copy of the app if your state has not been uploaded yet.
|Self Contained||This app does not use the internet to get its results. It performs its function purely by calculation. It will work on a phone or a tablet in or out of range of communications.|
|Quick Simple and Clean||Predictions are quick and the app is simple to use and understand. Gestures are supported for looking at the next and prior day tides. There are no ads and app cannot access phone features. The app is small, under 200 KB.|
|Simple User Options||There are controls for the user, provided by the settings menu, to set it up as desired.|
|Phone or Tablet||The app works on any Android device at level 2.3.3 or above, most phones and tablets are supported. Depending on the nature of your android device, the landscape or portrait mode display may present a more useful size.|
|Accurate Predictions||This app was written using well-known tidal prediction algorithms and publicly available location data. It can be expected to match very closely to federally-published tide tables. It uses the "Harmonic Prediction of Tides" methodology in long use for tide elevation predictions.|
|Designed for On The Spot Use||The tidal status presentation gives an immediate snapshot of the tide situation, more useful than just a standard list of highs and lows. The display can be refreshed at any time to update this status. This app is designed for use while actively out and about along the waterfront. It uses large text and the white on black text choice is easily read on the bright sun.|
200 Year Calendar
|In addition to today's tides, a date picker is available to choose any date from 1901 to 2100. The app does not have to be refreshed on the new year.|
|Next Day, Prior Day Swipes||Gestures are supported to go to "next day" and "past day" to step day by day through a range of dates. These operate like turning the page of a book. You can quickly swipe through a range of dates to look for good clam digging days.|
|Favorites||The selected station can be added to a set of eight favorites. These can be accessed by a down-swipe.|
|Adjustable Colors||There are five color schemes, good for situations ranging from bright sun to night use. Try each one out depending in which conditions you use the app you can find one that works best.|
|Numerous Tide Stations||There are locations available around the inland waterway as well as the coastal areas.|
The application is built for either Washington, Oregon, or California. There are three apps, Tide Now WA, Tide Now OR, and Tide Now CA.
The tide predictions, being made on the client's phone or tablet, are impossible to guarantee as correct.
Each display contains a station number on the upper right corner of the graph. This number can be used to refer to the NOAA tide tables for that station if there is any concern. Please contact me with any concern, question, or suggestion; I actively support these apps with email or phone as necessary.
The set up menu is accessed in one of two ways depending on your phone. On older generation Android devices, there is a dedicated button used for a settings key.
In newer designs, there is the menu symbol on the screen display, in the soft buttons area. This type is shown above, it is the three dots or dashes..
In either case, choosing the options menu and settings follows the same procedure. Display above shows what is seen when the settings button is used.
The table below describes the six settings items.
|Show Now, Today||For use when you have been looking at other dates, it brings the tide display back to today/now. Note: The "long press" gesture can be used for this purpose also.|
|Pick Date||A calendar entry dialog is displayed, you can choose a month day and year, for which that day's tides will then be displayed. Note: Dates other than "today" will have the highs and lows and the hourly heights displayed, but will not have the tidal status display. The tidal status display is not possible for this situation because there is no particular time to reference. Note: you can pick any year between 1901 and 2100.|
|Select Region and Station||Depending on the state, there are a variety of numbers of tide stations available. These are organized by regions.
First you pick the region then the place within that region, called the "tide station". There are eighty stations in Washington, forty in Oregon, and about 150 in California.
|Add Station to Favorites||There is a favorites menu, and you can add place the presently selected station into any of the eight favorites.|
|Change Text Color||There are five color schemes available, for various situations. See display below.|
|About Gestures||The four gestures supported are listed, and each can also be directly activated by using the menu item.|
Washington is broken down into eight regions with ten stations each
North Puget Sound Region : Seattle, Des Moines, Bremerton, Eagle Harbor, Everett, Edmonds, Kingston, Port Madison, Poulsbo, Point Vashion.
South Puget Sound Region: Tacoma, Burton, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Shelton, Home, Carr Inlet, Eld Inlet, Allyn, Case Inlet, Arcadia, Steilacoom.
Strait of Juan de Fuca Region: Port Townsend, Dungeness Bay, Sequim, Gardiner Discovery Bay, Port Angeles, Crescent Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay, Twin Rivers, Tatoosh Island.
Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands Region: Langley, Bush Point, Admiralty Head, Keystone Harbor, Freeland, Coupeville, Oak Harbor, La Connor, Cornet Bay, Anacortes, Bowman Bay.
San Juans and Georgia Strait Region: Richardson Lopez Island, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Turn Point Stuart Island, Echo Bay Sucia Island, Rosario, Orcas, Bellingham, Cherry Point, Blaine.
Hood Canal Region: Port Ludlow, Port Gamble , Bangor, Whitney Point Dabob Bay, Pleasant Harbor, Seabeck Bay, Triton Head, Ayock Point, Union tides, Lynch Cove..
Pacific Coast Region: Makah Bay, La Push, Point Grenville, Ocean Shores, Aberdeen Hoquiam, Westport, Bay City Grays Harbor, Cosmopolis Chehalis River, Toke Point Willipa Bay, Long Beach Nahcotta.
Columbia River Region: Astoria, Columbia River Entrance, Fort Canby Jetty A, Ilwaco Baker Bay, Chinook Baker Bay, Hungry Harbor, Harrington Point, Skamokawa Tides, Longview, Vancouver.
Oregon is broken down into four regions with ten stations each.
Columbia River Region : Hammond, Warrenton, Astoria Port Docks, Astoria Tongue Point, Settlers Point, Knappa, Wauna, Saint Helens, Rocky Point, Portland.
Oregon Coast North Region: Seaside, Nehalem, Brighton, Barview Jetty, Garibaldi, Bay City, Netarts, Nestucca Bay, Taft, Depoe Bay.Oregon Mid Coast Region:Yaquina Bay Bar, Newport, South Beach, Yaquina, Winant, Toledo, Waldport, Drift Creek Alsea River, Suislaw Entrance, Florence.
Oregon South Coast Region: Umpqua Entrance, Gardiner, Reedsport, Charleston, Empire, Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford, Wedderburn Rogue River, Brookings.
California is broken down by county, in some cases two counties form a group due to the small number of stations in some regions.
Del Norte-Humboldt Counties Stations: Crescent City, Trinidad Harbor, Mad River Slough, Arcata Wharf, Eureka, Samoa, Bucksport, Humboldt Bay, Hookton Slough, Shelter Cove.
Mendocino County Stations: Westport, Fort Bragg, Noyo River, Mendocino Bay, Point Arena, Arena Cove.
Sonoma County Stations: Fort Ross, Bodega Harbor, Petaluma Marina, Petaluma River.
Marin County Stations: Tomales Bay, Marshall, Inverness, Point Reyes, Bolinas, Point Bonita, Sausalito, Point San Quentin, Point Chauncey, Point San Pedro.
San Francisco County Stations: Golden Gate, Rincon Point, Ocean Beach, Alcatraz, North Point, Potrero Point, Hunters Point, San Francisco Bar.
Contra Costa County Stations: Point Isabel, Richmond Inner, Richmond, Point Orient, Point Pinole, Suisun Point, Port Chicago, Pittsburg.
Alameda County Stations: Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Oakland Inner, San Leandro Marina, San Leandro Channel, Dumbarton Bridge.
San Mateo County Stations: Oyster Point, Point San Bruno, Coyote Point, San Mateo Bridge, Smith Slough, Redwood City, Half Moon Bay.
Santa Cruz-Monterrey Counties Stations: Santa Cruz, Elkhorn Yacht, Moss Landing, Monterey, Carmel Bay.
San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara Counties Stations: San Simeon, Port San Luis, Point Arguello, Gaviota, Santa Barbara, Cuyler Harbor, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island.
Ventura County Stations: Rincon Island, Ventura, Point Hueneme, Mugo Lagoon.
Los Angeles County Stations: Santa Monica, El Segundo, King Harbor, Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles, Mormon Island, Long Beach, Long Beach Inner, Avalon, Catalina Harbor.
Orange County Stations: Santa Ana River, Balboa Pier, Corona Del Mar, San Clemente, Wilson Cove.
San Diego County Stations: La Jolla, Crown Point, Quivira Basin, Point Loma, San Diego, National City, Imperial Beach, Ensenada MX, Gualalupe MX, San Carlos MX.