NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released a new report earlier this week. It focused on how the year of 2017 featured the most high tide flooding days in coastal communities on record. According to NOAA scientists, “the projected increase in high tide flooding in 2018 may be as much as 60 percent higher across U.S. coastlines as compared to typical flooding about 20 years ago.”
During the 2017 meteorological year, which spans from May 2017 through April 2018, 98 tide gauges experienced a record number of high tide flooding days: “More than a quarter of the coastal locations tied or broke their individual records for high tide flood days.” That included Boston; Atlantic City; Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Sabine Pass, Texas; and Galveston, Texas. This is due to the nor’easters, active hurricane season, and sea level rise. As the Earth warms and the sea levels continue to rise, “it no longer takes a strong storm or a hurricane to cause coastal high tide flooding,” according to NOAA.