Reblog: The King Tides are Coming

Are you ready for a royal visit, full of high drama and might?


A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.


California is preparing for the high tides of Winter.

King Tides are coming January 10-12 and February 8-9!

The California King Tides Project is raising awareness about sea level rise and help communities plan for the future. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the highest high tides of the year. Find out what time the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or app. Check out last year’s photos on our interactive map.
During King Tides you can head out on your own, with friends and family, or join one of the organized events listed on their webpage. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean.
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