Tide goes in, tide goes out. We can explain that.


At any given location, the sea level rises and falls twice each day as the moon orbits the earth, pulling the world’s oceans along with it.  But not all tides are created equally. When the sun, moon, and earth align with the shortest distance between them, the increased gravitational pull on the ocean causes the most extreme tides of all, known as King Tides. This occurs only once or twice a year in the winter when the earth is closest to the sun. The next King Tide event will occur December 3rd through the 5th.

King Tides offer the opportunity to see into the future of our coast. As temperatures rise with global climate change, oceans warm and expand. With the addition of increased meltwater from glaciers and icecaps, our oceans are steadily rising. The rate that oceans are rising has been increasing in recent decades, and is projected to increase even further. The ocean level that we see during a King Tide is what the average high tide may look like in the future.

Low-lying coastal areas are at an increased risk of tidal flooding as sea levels rise, and Crystal Cove’s Historic Beach Cottages are no exception. King Tide events offer an opportunity to see what sea level rise might look like in our communities, and better prepare for the challenge it presents.

The California King Tides Project aims to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. They invite you to snap a photo of the King Tide in your area and share them with California King Tides on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter following directions found here. If you can’t make it to the coast, tune in to California State Park’s Periscope channel from 9am to 12:30pm on December 5th to watch King Tides live up and down our coast. Crystal Cove State Park will be broadcasting with Crystal Cove Conservancy at 9:30 am.

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