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.
Cyndy Green and Michael Cockrell joined forces in retirement. Their combined skills and knowledge enable them to weave complex issues into informative videos for our Soundings audience.
Cyndy Green began her career as one of the early women behind a camera in TV news. After 28 years in broadcast news and another eight teaching broadcasting, she still can’t live without a camera in hand and an editing computer nearby, so in retirement she continues creating visual stories.
Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters. He is passionate about educating and informing the public.