Spring and neap tides are caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and to a lesser extent the sun. The complex mix of gravitational forces raise bulges of water on both sides of the Earth. These vary in size depending upon the moon's position as it revolves around the Earth each month.
When the moon's orbit places both the moon and the sun's gravitational forces in line, during New Moon and Full Moon , the water level rises higher, falls lower and the tidal runs are faster than usual. These are called spring tides, shown in red. When the moon is in the First Quarter or Last Quarter , out of phase with the sun, lower tides result and lesser tidal runs will be experienced. These are called neap tides, shown in blue.
The maximum spring tide typically lags a day behind the date of New and Full Moon in the British Isles. This is caused by the water masses inertia and friction plus the physics of 'cause and effect' where the largest impact occurs after the force has been imparted.
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