The laws of physics are unchanged by the US presidential election: the planet is still warming, sea levels are still rising, and the moon is still circling the earth.
Tonight, that lunar orbit offers us a “Supermoon”—a closer and thus apparently larger than usual moon, a spectacle that won’t occur again until late this century.
That close proximity means the moon will exert greater gravitational pull on the oceans and drive “king tides” that reach somewhat higher than normal.
Recent sea level rise ensures that when king tides occur they increasingly cause localized flooding. Indeed, they already are this week, with places like Charleston, SC, recording tidal flooding as early as Saturday.
Evidence of that march continues—it was just announced today that 2016 is expected to be the hottest year on record, topping 2015, which topped 2014, which topped 2010…
— WMO | OMM (@WMO) November 14, 2016
Even as fear and deep uncertainty occupy those working for climate solutions, people from around the world are gathered in Marrakech to advance the Paris Climate Agreement—the hard-won plan that is our last best hope for securing a recognizable future climate.
Because time and tide wait for no man—no, not even him—and the clock is winding down.
flooding are worth trying to see. As we often do, my family and I will be watching the moonrise tonight—somehow, always miraculous.the
- Check here for moonrise times.
- Check here for tide times and here for predicted tide heights.
- Check here for flood warnings.
- And if you get out there, record and share your flood images here.
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