Moon wobble could worsen coastal flooding, study says

NOAA reports over 600 high-tide flooding in 2019

Substantial coastal flooding seen at Padre Island National Seashore. (National Park Service Photos)

A “dramatic” surge in high-tide flooding is expected to hit U.S. coastal communities in the next decade, according to a new study by NASA.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, says the rapid increase will start in the mid-2030s. That is when the moon cycle will increase rising sea levels caused by the climate crisis.

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Northern coastlines like Alaska won’t be spared, they also will see an increase, but just a little later.

High-tide floods involve less water than storm surges from a hurricane, but scientist say they are still dangerous.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported over 600 high-tide flooding in 2019.