Acqua Bassa


You’ve heard about acqua alta, when Venice’s waters rise to flood the streets. But have you heard of acqua bassa? A Venetian friend shared these pictures from a couple days ago. The water was so low that many boats could not navigate the canals, stopping the water taxi traffic, delivery boats, ambulance boats. Apparently the super moon paired with winds and tides conspired to create an exceptionally low tide.


The lowest level ever recorded was -121 on February 14, 1934. Water levels were nowhere near that level this time, but still this was pretty dramatic! Here’s an article with more dramatic photos and some history.


Thanks for Stefano and Adriano for passing on these photos.


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