Dealing with the Rise in King Tides

What to expect this year from this climate change phenomenon.
King Tides
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Tides, they are a-coming. It is projected that king tides could become the norm in any season as sea level rise continues, and so could tide-related flooding. King tides materialize when the earth, moon and sun align to exert maximal upward gravitational pull on tides and increase overall water elevations. In Marin this year, these tides are expected to cause flooding through February 10. The Department of Public Works and the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District have coordinated with Caltrans to install a 175-foot-long sandbag wall along Highway 1, by the historically flood-prone road in front of the Manzanita Park & Ride lot. Travelers should always avoid driving through ponded water — even six inches of standing water can stall a low-clearance car — and check 511.org for the latest traffic and transit information. DPW, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and CHP Marin all have active Twitter accounts with up-to-date news. The CHP traffic website is another other useful resource for updates during storm events.

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s February 2020 issue under the headline “Rising Tides”.


Kasia PowlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.

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