# diurnal tide

A tidal pattern characterized by a single tidal cycle of one high tide and one low tide every day.

The orbit of the Moon drives the tidal period*. The Moon goes around the Earth once every 24 hours and 50 minutes resulting in high and low tides occurring about an hour later each day.

Diurnal tide*s are one of the three commonly described tidal patterns. The other two common tidal patterns involve two tidal cycles per day.

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