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King Tides Project Seeks High-Water Photos

The North Carolina King Tides Project, an international initiative to document extreme high tide events using photos, announced Monday that because of the super new moon Thursday and lunar perigee on  Friday, higher than normal water levels are predicted.

King tides, or the very highest tides, are expected Wednesday through Saturday, according to the calendar on the King Tides website.

The organization is asking those who live where king tides are expected and visitors to snap  photos of high water and email the images to

An anonymous photo sent to the North Carolina King Tides Project shows flooding at Fort Macon’s beach access from a king tide and heavy rains from Hurricane Joaquin. Photo: N.C. King Tides Project

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.

According to the organization’s website, king tides 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.

Submitted photos can help with visualizing how “normal” high tides could look in the future as sea levels rise. By visualizing these higher tide events, researchers can better understand how rising sea levels will affect local resources and community investments.

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