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Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding

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  1. Melody Bot

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    In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

    High-tide floods – also called nuisance floods or sunny day floods – are already a familiar problem in many cities on the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported a total of more than 600 such floods in 2019. Starting in the mid-2030s, however, the alignment of rising sea levels with a lunar cycle will cause coastal cities all around the U.S. to begin a decade of dramatic increases in flood numbers, according to the first study that takes into account all known oceanic and astronomical causes for floods.

    Led by the members of the NASA Sea Level Change Science Team from the University of Hawaii, the new study shows that high tides will exceed known flooding thresholds around the country more often. What’s more, the floods will sometimes occur in clusters lasting a month or longer, depending on the positions of the Moon, Earth, and the Sun. When the Moon and Earth line up in specific ways with each other and the Sun, the resulting gravitational pull and the ocean’s corresponding response may leave city dwellers coping with floods every day or two.

    Well, that sure sucks.


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  2. Yellowcard2006


    Everyday I get to wake up and read articles about how hopelessly awful the future will be. :teethsmile:
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  3. SAB22 Prestigious

    Might be time for me to move out of my Maine basement bedroom.
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  4. parkerxcore

    Somebody's gonna miss us Supporter

    We are all so fucked
  5. Eml182


    Well, on one hand you have draughts and lower water tables, on the other you have coastal flooding and too much water, and then there is desalinization tech. So make that all work please.
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  6. karcrashianpanache

    Hysterical and Useless

    On a calendar long enough
    New York will be returned to the sea
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  7. Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    One day they'll find us
    Like feathers on a tiger's body
    Quiet as a clear blue glacial lake
  8. fredwordsmith

    Regular Supporter

    Every single headline about our future is just a potential future lyric for Spanish Love Songs.