Thursday, November 10, 2016

Big and Bright "Super Moon" this Monday

This coming Monday, November 14th, the moon will be at its closest point to Earth at the same time that it is full, an event scientists call a “lunar perigee,” or as we laymen refer to it, a "Super Moon."

Monday's big and bright Super Moon will be the closest the moon has approached the earth in almost 70 years and it won't come this close again un til. November 25th, 20134   

The only readily apparent effect of this celestial event will be on the tides, which are slightly stronger when the Moon is closer to the Earth, but that happens every month. We’ll have somewhat higher tides on November 14th because the tides are larger when the Moon is full - its alignment opposite the Sun means their gravitational forces add together, slightly amplifying their combined effects - but absent a coastal storm or strong onshore winds, it’s not that big a deal.  

As with any full moon, we will be subject to a "spring tide" with Monday's "Super Moon" which will deliver the highest tides of the our current lunar cycle.  
Monday morning's 7.0 foot high tide will take place at 7:34 am and West 12th Road as well as other low lying Broad Channel roads may experience some tidal street flooding.

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