A period of “king tides” is bringing high surf to San Diego beaches for Thanksgiving — and also minor coastal flooding in National City.
The National Weather Service office in San Diego said elevated surf with sets from 6 to 7 feet will combine with morning high tides of 6.5 to 7 feet through Friday.
The thigh tide caused flooding Tuesday morning in the 100 block of West 18th Street along Paradise Creek in National City. Businesses had their entrances and parking lots flooded.Imperial Beach may also experience flooding during the king tide period.
The tides and surf will create dangerous swimming conditions with increased risk of strong rip currents.
While “king tide” isn’t a scientific term, it is used to describe an especially high tide event, when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between sun and moon. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the moon is at its perigee.
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Here are the next king tides and height:
- 9:26 a.m. Wednesday (7.1 feet)
- 10:17 a.m Thursday (6.8)
- 6:38 a.m. Dec. 23 (6.8)
- 7:17 a.m. Dec. 24 (7.0)
- 7:55 a.m. Dec. 25 (7.0)
- 10:10 a.m. Dec. 26 (6.9)
- 7:31 a.m. Jan. 9 (6.8)
- 8:10 a.m. Jan. 10 (7.0)
- 8:51 a.m. Jan. 11 (7.1)
- 9:34 a.m. Jan. 12 (6.9)
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