Alexis, what you say is true, regarding our weather.
It is what makes the British Isles so green, after all. Though there is an area of desert in the East Anglia region, I believe. Not the deserts you know in California, however, of course.
Not far away we do get a sort of tidal event, on the River Severn, it is called the Severn Bore and it is an event caused by high tide in the Severn Estuary which is a long way away.
It's basically a wall of water that flows up the river. Mostly spent by the time it gets to Shropshire, but still interesting to see. I have been able to see it once. Some people closer to the source of the Severn Bore have been known to surf up the river.
And I recall that back in the lack 1960s or early 1970s a popular BBC TV programme called Blue Peter took one of their presenters out on a small boat to film it. The boat capsized and the presenter had to save the life of the cameraman who could not swim.
Some days after they mentioned the disastrous adventure on air, a woman and her child were walking along the river bank and found the TV film camera. The BBC collected it, took it to their processing laboratory (it was a 16mm film camera) and processed the film.
The picture was not perfect but it showed the whole event right up until the moment that the boat capsized and the camera slipped under the water. Very dramatic!