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Contrasts created by king tides offer unique views of nature – Orange County Register

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A dozen early-morning nature lovers regarded out on the Upper Newport Bay on Sunday, Jan. 2, as Nathan Taxel described the view.

“It looks like someone left the hose on overnight.”

The OC Parks useful resource specialist defined the king tide phenomenon at work Sunday, one of just a few days a yr when the tides are at their highest as a result of of the alignment of the gravitational pull between the solar and the moon.

The group bought to see the height of the tide, which raised water within the bay about 8 ft larger than regular, earlier than it slowly receded again to sea by 3:30 p.m.

“During the king tides we get our lowest low tides of the year as well as the highest highs,” Taxel mentioned.