If you’ve noticed the tides are unusually high the past few days, you can thank the New Moon on July 2 and a lunar perigee on July 5, when the moon is at its closest point to earth. These exceptionally high tides will peak overnight July 3 and July 4, before slowly returning to normal.
Tides like these are known as amplified tides, and present as abnormally high and low tide cycles for several days. Amplified tides are the younger sibling of King Tides, which occur less often.
Beachgoers should be cautious during amplified tides, as they contribute to the formation of rip currents along the shoreline.
These tides can also cause flooding. Down East drivers should be wary of the tide washing over low-lying roadways, including parts of Hwy 70 and Hwy 12.
The highest tides over the next few days will occur in the evening and overnight, making potential flooding on roadways more difficult to see.
Tides vary based on their location. Check this tide table to see what time your area will be at high tide.
Carteret County will experience another amplified tide at the end of the month, then a King Tide over Labor Day Weekend.