San Diego Hit by King Tides

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
King tides in San Diego
Erik Anderson/KPBS

It may be global warming causing rising sea levels or quite literally something ordained in the heavens, but whatever the case San Diego has seen a dramatic shift in tide levels with King Tides happening at an abnormally high amplitude. Caused by the relation between the Sun, Moon and Earth, these events are typically limited to a few events per year. Thankfully, despite the rising tide, no major flooding has been reported.

King Tides swelled again Friday along the Southern California coast but only minor flooding was reported in a few areas.

High water levels around San Diego Bay could become the norm instead of the exception. This week's high tides are a warning sign of what may be coming. King Tides happen a couple of times a year, when the earth, sun and moon's gravitational fields conspire to pull the earth's oceans toward shore.

The water level in San Diego Bay has practically swallowed some pocket beaches. Steps to expensive Coronado Bay-side homes are submerged.


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