King Tides Coming

California’s coast and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta communities experience tides: two high tides and two low tides daily.  These tides can be higher when water levels aise due to high flows.  And then there are very high King Tides.

This story explores the 2023 King Tides, more properly called perigean spring tides, which occur when the alignment of the earth, moon and sun create powerful pulls on the planet’s oceans, seas, and tidal areas.  During times of extreme weather such as the recent Atmospheric Rivers which hit California in January,  water levels in the Delta with the King Tides on January 21 and 22 may create a threat to levees and Delta communities. 

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