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A Royal Pain: How King Tides in California Reveal a Troubling Future
Within decades, there could be flooding in CA coastal communities, even on dry days, as sea levels rise. King tides offer a worrying preview.

California has been inundated with heavy rain in recent weeks as atmospheric rivers from the Pacific Ocean unleash moisture. But within a few decades, there could be flooding in coastal communities — even on dry, sunny days — as sea levels rise. How much? Will the state lose its iconic beaches? The king tides offer a worrying preview.

“On this morning, standing along the shore in Oceanside north of San Diego, two different kings arrived before just Christmas, the king tides and they too offered guidance — a preview of how climate change will change California in the coming decades.

The king tides happen once or twice a year and are the highest tides of the year driven by the gravitational forces of the moon and sun. The most recent king tide happened on December 23 and 24, 2022 and they will occur again on January 21 and 22, 2023.”

Read the full story, originally published by H2O Radio here.

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