Came across a self-published book ["The Deep Pull: A Major Advance in the Science of Tides"](https://books.google.com/books?id=RN1iDwAAQBAJ) by Walter Hayduk, a retired chemical engineer. His claim is that the moon and the sun have major influences on ocean dynamics, and in a way that is outside of the consensus. His premise is that that the tractive lunisolar force on the ocean is horizontally along the surface and not the vertical bulge picture that is typically intuited. So when the moon is setting or rising over the horizon, that is when the strongest forces occur, primarily because it is not competing against the much stronger gravitational force of the earth itself. This also occurs as an impulse over a specific band:

> "We can surmise that the force on the water is very brief but intense, sometimes termed as an impulse force"

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I am not sure that this is such an original idea as I have read elsewhere in the literature on tides that this tangential force is a way to rationalize a cumulative effect in tidal displacement.

He also asserts that the wind is largely driven by lunisolar gravitational forces with the same horizontal influence, which is not really the consensus understanding.

Overall it's very qualitative with simple order-of-magnitude calculations thrown in and some references at the end.

> "then the moon and sun have much, much more influence on our world than we have heretofore ever believed.
>Clearly, there is a lot of innovation to mull over for well-motivated, knowledgeable, scientifically inclined researchers."