You may have heard rumors that an oscillating moon is expected to cause major flooding in the 2030s over the past few days. Oscillating moons are not a new development, but with current ocean trends we could see a catastrophic event in the next decade. First of all, it is important to discuss the impact of the moon on the tidal flow. Essentially, the moon’s gravitational pull causes high or low tides when water is pulled back and forth. In the case of a flickering moon, high tide events usually have more impact with higher tides recorded. These events typically occur every 18.6 years, and scientists have been tracking them for hundreds of years. So why are we concerned about the next oscillating lunar event? Well, seawater levels are higher than they’ve ever been due to a number of factors, and those water levels are expected to continue to rise by 1/8 of an inch per year. if current trends continue. With higher sea levels already causing more coastal flooding, the higher tide of the flickering moon will likely bring more water to the shoreline of our coastal areas.
We are still several years away from this event, but coastal cities will have to prepare in advance for this onslaught of water.