A typical tide record

From George H. Darwin's article "Tides" in the 9th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Note that in this graph, time increases to the left.

This figure shows the tidal record for two weeks (January 1-14, 1884) at Bombay. The tide was recorded on a cylindrical sheet that turned once every 24 hours. Each daily curve is labelled with its date. Some obvious features:
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May 20 1999