Project seeks photos of this week’s King Tide, first of 2019

By on January 21, 2019

The Jan. 21 full moon, along with the concurrent lunar perigee, will mean higher and lower than normal water levels over the next few days.

If you live near or will be visiting the coast, the North Carolina King Tides Project — an initiative to document high tide events using photos — is asking those who experience king tides to snap photos and email them to NCKingTides@web.unc.edu.

King Tide is a non-scientific term used to describe the predicted highest high-tide and lowest low-tide events of the year. King tides are regular and predictable events that occur when the sun, Earth and moon are in alignment and the moon is at its closest point to the Earth, according to NOAA.

The photos will help North Carolina King Tides Project better understand storm, tidal and wind-driven flooding in the area. The photos will also be used to better inform community planning and help envision future vulnerabilities to high water levels.

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