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King Tides Expected in Puget Sound This Week

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These extremely high tides that happen once or twice a year may temporarily flood roads, parking lots and beaches.

Seattlepi.com reports the king tides are a natural phenomenon that occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational pulls reinforce one another. They happen when the moon is closest to the earth.

The state Department of Ecology is asking people to take pictures of the king tides and send them in. Similar tide photo projects are under way in California and British Columbia, all in support of education about how rising sea levels from climate change will affect the Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast.

King tides are expected in the Puget Sound region on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 27 – 29, in the morning around 8:00am.

Send your photos to the Department of Ecology HERE.

– Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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