Supermoons, King Tides, Sea Level Rise, Oh My!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Ciera Akins

Today, November 15, 2016 a supermoon caused a king tide to flood parts of Portland slightly. This sounds like something out of a storybook right? But it’s reality! A Supermoon is just a term for the moon when it is full and passing by Earth closer than normal. A king tide is the name of one of the highest anticipated tides of the year.

This supermoon is closer to Earth than it has been in 68 years and this king tide put the water level two feet higher than normal high tides. Flooding could have been a lot worse and potentially caused damage or disruptions if there was a storm surge or rain, however it ended up being quite mild, but still exciting!

Did you see the supermoon or experience the king tide? Let us know your thoughts and stories!

These photos were taken at Scarborough Marsh. 

Photo Credit: Tom Farmer

Supermoons, King Tides, Sea Level Rise, Oh My!


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