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Today’s Forecast

57° | Sunny | 7% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:21 a.m. | Sunset 5:27 p.m. | High tide 1:30 p.m. | Low tides 7:39 a.m. + 7:55 p.m.

How much do you know about local tides?
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Tides changing in and out at Sullivans Island. | Photo by @morgan_civ
Have you ever noticed we put the daily tides at the top of our newsletter? We are here to tell you why that is.


Tides happen twice a day and are controlled by gravitational pulls from the moon. The gravity from the moon creates a tidal force that advances or recedes the water.

High tide being when the water is pushed by gravity towards the coast. Low tide is when the water is pulled away from the coast.

This happens in Charleston by water being pushed in or out from the beaches and creeks. Think of Sullivan’s Islands and the different shades of sand.

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The tide rolling in and out at Pitt Street Bridge.


GIF by CHStoday using ezgif


It is said that the best time to fish is when the water is moving between tide change.

According to a local fishing guide“the best time to get out on the water is about two hours after low tide.”

This is because the bait is pulled out off the marsh at low tide towards the mouth of creeks making the larger fish congregate by the creek opening.

Alternatively, at high tide the bait is pushed into the marsh and this draws the larger fish into the grasses.

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We do not want to try navigating this tidal marsh in a boat.


Photo by Sullivan Cox


As the water level changes swiftly it can be easy for boats to run aground. This is because a 6-ft water depth and 2-ft can sneakily look the same out in the marsh.

Docking can also be affected as the current is stronger from the tides changing. Making it more difficult to control the motion of the boat.


Flooding is not a direct affect from tides but they can be a troublesome pair if working together. This can happen if a high tide is paired with a prolonged wind flow that is pushing the water in the direction of shore.

Picture the battery with a tall water level during high tide and the wind is slamming the water onto the battery wall.

While we are by no means tide scientists we hope this local knowledge helped you to learn about our coastline. See you on the water.
Do you have a funny tide story — i.e. your towel drenched at the beach, your boat ran aground, etc?

Monday, May 22
Tuesday, May 23
  • 2023 North Charleston Business Expo | Tuesday, May 23 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston | Prices vary | This meeting is a great time to network and connect to form professional relationships.
Wednesday, May 24
  • West Ashley Farmers Market | Wednesday, May 24 | 3-7 p.m. | Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston | Free | Join in on the perfect way to support local and get out in your community.
  • Life and Legacy Blood Drive | Wednesday, May 24 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Patriots Point, 85 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant | Free | Volunteer to help hospitals save lives in the Lowcountry.
  • Giants of the Sky Lecture with Dr. Dan Ksepka | Wed., May. 24 | 6 p.m. | The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston | Free | In his lecture, Dr. Ksepka will present the history of fossil discoveries that shaped our view of pelagornithid birds and ongoing research into their evolution.*
Thursday, May 25
  • Live Under the Oaks | Thursday, May 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Dr., Charleston | Free | Grab a blanket or chair, bring your family and friends, and sit under the beautiful oaks for this concert series.
Friday, June 2
  • Reggae Nights | Fri., Jun. 2 | 7:30-11 p.m. | James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston | The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park features traditional old-school reggae with a new-school attitude.*
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News Notes
  • South Carolina passed a law allowing use of sunscreen in public schools. Sunscreen was not allowed before because it’s in the same category as over-the-counter medications in FDA regulations. Skincare lovers unite. (WCSC)
  • Ma’am Saab will be opening downtown at 251 Meeting St. this Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. The new eatery will have Pakistani-inspired food and drinks. Reservations are available now and encourage on the website.
  • The CEO of Firefly Distillery, Pixie Paula Dezzutti, is partnering with Ghost Monkey Brewery. This is expected to lead to cross brand collaborations and new drinks. Ghost Monkey Brewery is local to Mount Pleasant and seemed like a fit for Dezzutti who was looking to expand her role in the alcohol business. (Brewbound)
Coming Soon
  • It’s official, the airport is getting a Chick-fil-A. If you can’t tell, we are very excited. Chick-fil-A started construction last week for a location in the Charleston International Airport.
  • Watch your toes in the water— a 12-foot great white shark was pinged off the coast of Charleston. The shark titled “Ironbound” was pinged two times on Thursday around 54 miles out from land. (WCIV)
  • Lowcountry artist Clementia Whitney-Nelson’s “Delivered” now hangs on the walls at Roper St. Francis Healthcare Berkeley Hospital. The painting is a tribute to Maude Callen, who worked as a nurse-midwife for over 60 years and cared for thousands of underserved residents in rural Berkeley County — see it here.*
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Meet the Lowcountry Artist of the Year
CHStoday Katy Mixon
Sign us up for one of these quilts, please and thank you. | Photo by MCG Photography
The Coastal Community Foundation has announced its 2023 Lowcountry painter of the year as Katy Mixon.

Her paintings are known for the use of texture and color. She is well known for creating quilts out of her recycled paint covered rags. Her work has been featured in the Holy City art scene through displays at the Gibbes Museum.

The Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award was created in 2003 to support the creation of art that highlights the look and feel of the Lowcountry.

Katy will be honoring the award by using the $6,000 grant to create a painting based on the environment. In order to achieve this, she is leaning on the Charleston Museum exhibits as inspiration for her quilt.
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Feeling very jealous of everyone going to Zach Bryan this week at the North Charleston Coliseum. Yet, I can’t complain with Futurebirds and Matt Maeson on my calendar at The Windjammer and Music Farm.

What concerts are you looking forward to this season? Let me know.
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