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King Tides This Month

A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is "pulled" back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.

King Tides naturally occur a few times a year when the moon, sun, and earth gravitationally align to cause higher and more dramatic tides than normal.

Surfrider needs help documenting the upcoming King Tides.

For several years, Surfrider has been documenting King Tides. As these tides become more frequent and dramatic, Surfrider is asking people to help document King Tides from the ground or by drone if possible. As in previous years, they will be partnering with LightHawk Conservation Flying to conduct flights to document the impact King Tides are having on our coastlines and communities. A major tenent of Surfrider’s climate change work is to help local communities better plan for sea level rise impacts and documenting King Tides helps provide a glimpse into what major changes will look like in the future. Check the tide calendar below and head to your favorite local beach to see what it looks like at high water. Tag us in your photos and feel free to send any imagery to us at

JAN 10th at 8:15am | 6.6' high
JAN 11th at 8:56am | 6.7' high
JAN 12th at 9:39am | 6.6' high
FEB 8th at 8:01am | 6.6' high
FEB 9th at 8:44am | 6.7' high

📷: Tyler Schiffman

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