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The King Tides are Next Week

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Each month, the Earth experiences two periods that have higher tides than normal, due to the phase of the moon. The highest tides occur during the new moon or full moon, since the pull of the moon aligns with the pull of the sun at those times to make the oceans bulge out farther. The new moon in October occurs on Monday, October 8, and the highest tides of the month will occur within two days of that date. Next week’s tides will also be the very highest tides of the year--the king tides—which happen when Earth is as close to the sun as it gets for the year, when the combined pull of the sun and the moon bring tides to their maximum level.

Along the Southeast U.S. coast, water levels were already running high this week, due to persistent onshore winds combined with the wave run-up due to Hurricane Leslie’s swells pounding ashore. At Virginia Key, FL (next to Miami Beach), tides were about 0.4’ above normal on Wednesday morning (Figure 4). If we do get a Tropical Storm Michael next week, it will have the potential to cause much higher storm surge damage than normal, due to it hitting during the king tides.

 

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Actually, January's tide heights were about the same. The perihelion is in early January. We have already moved further away from the sun for over a month now.

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