King Tides Offer a Chance to See a Climate-Changed Future
Over the next few weeks the Puget Sound will rise above its normal banks. Higher than usual tides will flood estuaries and lap at drives along the Oregon and Washington coasts. Waves are likely to crash against buildings built along the waterways in Olympia and Seattle.
Today marks the beginning of what’s called the king tides season. King tides are higher-than-usual tides that occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational pull reinforce one another.
After a few weeks, the tides will return to their normal ebb and flow.
But what if these high tides were normal all the time?
In a few decades, they likely will be.
‘When we talk about climate change, it usually means reading a report or hearing about numbers and statistics,’ Hart said. ‘But this photo initiative gets people out into the world to see what the new normal could look like.’