Myrtle Beach’s king tide this weekend

King Tides are the general term used to describe the highest high tide of the year for a location based on the orbits and alignments of the earth, moon and sun.  These tides affect specific areas at different times dependent upon a number of factors.  This Sunday (6/23/2013) at 8:16 PM will be Myrtle Beach’s king tide, but the tide will be above average for several days following (and prior) to the peak tide on Sunday night.  In fact, 3 of the highest 6 tide levels this year will occur over the next week.  The average high tide level is 5.6 feet, but Sunday evening the tide level will reach 6.92 ft (1.32 feet above normal).  If you live in an area prone to flooding, you may want to be on the lookout for some localized flooding associated with this tide.

To see the tidal predictions, check out the Springmaid Pier, NOAA tide gauge homepage at: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions/viewDailyPredictions.jsp?Stationid=8661070

To see when there will be king tides around the US East and Gulf Coasts for 2013, check out the interactive map at: http://www.macges.org/kingtide/kt2013.html