Coastal communities in the United States, be forewarned. A “dramatic” surge in high-tide floods is just over a decade away in the US, according to NASA.
The rapid increase will start in the mid-2030s, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by the climate crisis, found a new study led by the members of the NASA Sea Level Change Science Team from the University of Hawaii.
The wobble isn’t new — it was first reported in 1728. But how this movement affects the moon’s gravitational pull, the main cause of the Earth’s tides, will spark these new flooding concerns when it combines with rising sea levels.
Wobble in moon’s orbit to bring surge in flooding to most US coastlines in 2030s: NASA study https://t.co/ZgdewbO2pH
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 17, 2021
What some are calling a “moon wobble,” a lunar cycle that happens only once every 18.6 years, could combine with rising seas from climate change, and worsen flooding in B.C.https://t.co/F5CCtbWvfV
— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) July 17, 2021