JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A king tide is set to hit the east coast meaning the Atlantic and St. Johns river will surge back into streets and yards despite a sunny forecast.
Our share of recent flooding with the the parade of Nor'easters and hurricanes has been the direct result of meteorological conditions but water is going to rise to the highest point of the year late this weekend because of a king tide.
Many low lying areas along the banks of the river will likely see minor flooding along with water backing up into streets from the sewers.
Water may run up to the high tide dune line Monday morning that could lead to erosion. Fortunately wave action will be low with light and variable winds early in the week.
A combination of seasonal factors including the alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and the full moon will increase water levels on Jacksonville Beach to seven feet Monday morning November 6th.
The swing from low tide to high tide will be 4.31 feet.
These highest high tides of the year, are nothing new but the nuisance they bring is sharply more noticeable due to sea level rise.
King tides give us a preview of the future, because the highest tides of today will be the average water levels of the future as seas continue to rise.
Nuisance flooding, as it is called, has already been on the rise in recent decades because of the sea-level rise that has occurred along the east coast.