Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.
February 12, 2015

Why King Tides Matter

King Tides are the highest tides of the year—they push docks to their limits, nibble at seaside vegetation, and can even swallow the bottoms of beach stairways. Click here to see the photograph above and others like it on Flickr. Though they may be dramatic, King Tides are a natural, predictable phenomenon. They occur in winter, when the earth is closest to the sun and when the sun, moon, and earth are all in alignment. So, if King Tides are a normal part of the tidal cycle, why do they matter? King Tides matter because they offer a glimpse into …

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