Coastal Flood Advisory: The Tides are High This Week

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Flooding on Jackson Ranch Road in Arcata during last year's King Tide event. - KIMBERLY WEAR
  • Kimberly Wear
  • Flooding on Jackson Ranch Road in Arcata during last year's King Tide event.
It’s that time of year again, when the alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun, moon, and Earth creates very high tides — also known as King Tides — bringing minor coastal flooding to low-lying areas.

Running through Dec. 6, tides upward of 8 feet are expected, including a high of 8.72 feet just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service. All of the peak tides will occur in the morning hours, with today’s high at 10:05 a.m.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect, with areas of concern including King Salmon and the Arcata bottoms. Some flood may occur an hour or two before the peak, according to the NWS.

“Flooding around Humboldt Bay typically starts around 8.8 feet at the North Spit Tide Gauge,” a post from NWS states. “Elevated surf may increase the impacts along the open coast. Coastal flood advisories will be issued if flooding is expected.

For more information on the tides visit: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/perigean-spring-tide.html.

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