King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year and typically occur during the fall. NOAA defines King Tides as, "a King Tide is a popular, non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides."
For the City's Purposes, we use the term King Tide for the fall tide cycle, as those are typically the highest tides of the season.
King Tides often cause nuisance flooding in coastal and low - lying areas. More severe flooding can occur if the King Tide coincides with severe weather conditions (heavy rain, strong winds, big waves). However, sea level rise is causing these tides to happen more frequently, last longer, and extend further inland.
To remain safe during a King Tide, avoid driving through standing water. If necessary to drive through standing water, proceed slowly and with caution to avoid creating a wake. Avoid parking and leaving vehicles in areas prone to flooding.
2023 Fall Key Dates for "King Tides" Potential for Nuisance Flooding Flooding can be worsen with Nor'easter and/or Rainfall, be sure to check your local weather.