Are Flooding And Crazy 'King Tides' In The Southeast Proof Of Climate Change?
to look at the serious flooding that happened along the southeastern coast of the United States this week could be an eerie and disconcerting glimpse into the future — a future in which our coastlines are being altered by, yes, climate change.
Tuesday morning’s high tide in Charleston, S.C. peaked at over eight-and-a-half feet — that’s a foot-and-a-half more than was predicted for the so-called “king tide” or normally occurring highest tide of the year. Those “supermoons” you’ve been hearing about play a role in this, as do winds and currents, but there’s another increasingly undeniable factor that’s new to the scene: sea level rise...
Climate isn’t weather, but king tides aren’t really weather either. What they are, however, is a little local window into sea levels, which are very much connected to climate and climate change