Keith Carson Blog: King Tide- Buzzworthy?

Coastal flooding expected with king tide

This never used to be a thing, but over the past 5 years meteorologists have been crushed in the momentum of particular weather "buzz words."

Polar Vortex

Super Storm

Super Moon

Super Skinny Suit

Maybe the last one is only local. Point is, buzzwords tend to overplay the real impact of events. For example when is it the "Polar Vortex " versus "Maine in January, bub". Because these aren't scientific terms there's no way to bound them to a finite level.


So what's my point? Simply that the "King Tide" is all aflutter here in New England, but the sensible impacts will be a 3/10. 

The original concern last week was that a coastal storm would line up with the King Tide on Tuesday morning. Now that WOULD be an actual issue since many locations will be at or above flood level to begin with.

But now the timing is more clear the worst of the winds from this weak (lil baby) coastal low will hold off until AFTER the King Tide subsides. 


The above graphic shows the wind direction and speed at the time of the highest tide, you'll notice the activity as along the Southern New England coast which is acting as a bit of a shield for Maine in regards to the wind and waves. 

As such the King Tide will get very little additional boost from this storm. I expect minor coastal flooding for sure, but for the most part it will be confined to areas that fall into the "Why did you build here to begin with?" category.

Rain will arrive on Tuesday afternoon and last through Wednesday morning, at times that rain will be heavy with a little additional dynamic support from the mid levels.

After the rain it's back to upper 50s and sun for Thursday and Friday! 

The second half of the weekend looks a little sketchy right now. More on that later.

Carson Out. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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