According to a new study conducted by NASA, every coastal area in the U.S. will experience rapidly increasing high tide flooding due to “moon wobble” and climate change.
Moon wobble is not an uncommon phenomenon for the scientific community.
The orbit of the moon experiences a cyclical shift every 18.6 years and since 1728, a record has been kept to keep track of this particular event.
“In half of the Moon’s 18.6-year cycle, Earth’s regular daily tides are suppressed: High tides are lower than normal, and low tides are higher than normal. In the other half of the cycle, tides are amplified: High tides get higher, and low tides get lower,” the study reported.
NASA estimated the next cycle will happen in the mid-2030s and “a leap in flood numbers” is expected along the U.S. coastline, including Hawaii and Guam.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson commented on the report and reminded that the people and the government should prepare for this upcoming event.
“Low-lying areas near sea level are increasingly at risk and suffering due to the increased flooding, and it will only get worse,” said Nelson.
“The combination of the Moon’s gravitational pull, rising sea levels, and climate change will continue to exacerbate coastal flooding on our coastlines and across the world. NASA’s Sea Level Change Team is providing crucial information so that we can plan, protect, and prevent damage to the environment and people’s livelihoods affected by flooding.”