Exploring the Science Behind King Tides: chat with a NOAA oceanographer about the September 2015 perigean spring tide event.
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Meet oceanographer Stephen Gill, NOAA's chief scientist for tides and currents. On September 28, 2015, a perigee and the full Moon occur on the same day. When this happens, stronger than normal tides will occur both a few days before and after. Perigean spring tides are often referred to as King Tides because the high waters along with seasonal weather effects have the potential to cause major flooding especially in low-lying areas.
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Who: NOAA oceanographer Stephen Gill
What: Reddit Science "Ask Me Anything." Steve is ready to answer your questions about the science behind perigean spring tides and in particular what to expect with the September 28 event. Get your questions ready about king tides, predicting an event, measuring tides, and even what it's like to be a NOAA oceanographer. Ask him anything!