Royal visit: King Tide swells into harbour city

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
November 28, 2018 - 11:07am Updated: November 28, 2018 - 12:41pm

An extreme high tide in Nanaimo's inner harbour Wednesday morning.Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

The fishing pier's ramp at Maffeo Sutton Park was nearly underwater Wednesday morning.Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — Some of the highest tides of the year have created a much different looking shoreline in the Nanaimo area.

What are known as King Tides have created noticeably higher sea levels than normal and tides of about 16 feet this week.

High tides peak late Thursday and Friday mornings, before tapering off, according to Denny Sinnott of the DFO's Hydrographic Service.

He said these high tides have the potential to impact shoreline areas.

“With the high water levels you have a lot of logs being pulled off the beach,” Sinnott told NanaimoNewsNOW. “And the additional effect of low pressure systems and winds pushing that water over breakwaters and onto roads.”

Sinnott said King Tides are the work of the same gravitational pull of the moon's placement to Earth which created extreme low tides locally in June.

Sinnott said another round of even higher tides will roll into the Nanaimo area between Dec. 25 and 28.


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