King Tides in Florida

WLRN, a public broadcasting station in South Florida, recently published an article on the King Tides in Florida. Most of Florida is very close to sea level, and sea level rise will have serious impacts to Florida’s communities. To learn how the King Tides can reveal the impacts of sea level rise, read on…

For a future glimpse of sea level rise, check out the King Tide

By Christine Dimattei

Photo Credit: Arianna Prothero The Ghost of Sea-Level Rise Future? Last month's King Tide had pedestrians wading through knee-deep water in Miami Beach.

Photo Credit: Arianna Prothero
The Ghost of Sea-Level Rise Future? Last month’s King Tide had pedestrians wading through knee-deep water in Miami Beach.

Want to see the effects of sea-level rise?  Don’t want to wait 50 years?  Just walk to virtually any coastal area during the natural phenomenon called “King Tide.”

There are plenty of charts, graphs and artist renderings hinting at what South Florida will look like once sea-level rise gets a foothold.  But experts say it’s probably Mother Nature who offers the most vivid preview of things to come.

King Tide occurs several times a year when the moon and sun enter into a special alignment with the Earth.  Such tides last for several days and are anywhere between a few inches and several feet above normal.

Although the tides aren’t caused by climate change, scientists, urban planners and activists say they offer a snapshot of what rising sea levels could do to South Florida’s coastal areas in just a few decades. To read more, click here.