Experts say "King Tides" are a glimpse into the future

December 13, 2012 11:55:37 AM PST
The "King Tides" caused some minor flooding again Thursday. Scientists say they're the result of a unique alignment of the sun, moon, and earth.

In Mill Valley the northbound Highway 101, Highway 1 exit was closed due to flooding. While in San Francisco along Marina Boulevard walkways and steps were submerged. And on Wednesday Marin City experienced flooding on bike trails, in parking lots, and up to the door steps on some businesses

The California King Tides Initiative wants residents to document what's happening. They believe these pictures that show rising floodwaters are powerful in accelerating the discussion of the California coastline of the future, with permanently higher sea-level.

"Really open up a conversation in a way where it's no longer polarized and conflicting, it really just becomes more of a conversation of, look, this is what we have that's at risk now, how can we build our communities in such a way that they are resilient to sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change," said Marina Psarus, Principal and Founder of Coravai Environmental Research.

The California King Tides Initiative wants you to help them document all of this because they say that with the permanently rising tides, this is what it will be looking like. It won't happen next year, or the year after that, but they say somewhere down the road here in California the sea-level will rise, and the time to plan is now.

If you want to share some of the pictures you've taken with the California King Tides Initiative, click here.

The highest tide of the year is expected to hit Thursday. A surge of 7.2 feet is expected near the Golden Gate Bridge and more than 9.5 feet near Redwood City.

The peak is expected at 10:34 a.m. Thursday and at 11:24 a.m. Friday. Caltrans crews will be out at the various places around the Bay Area that are known to flood.

The King Tides are expected to last through Saturday.


Load Comments