A recent scientific study found that changes expected in the coming years in the Moon’s orbit would result in more frequent flooding in coastal areas of the United States.
The study was conducted by experts from NASA’s Sea Level Change Team at the University of Hawaii and focused on a shift in the orbit of the moon that takes place regularly.
The moon and its role in flooding
The research results were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change and predict an increase in ocean levels in coastal regions of the United States over the next decade.
NASA researchers said Voice of America this slight alteration, also known as the “oscillation” of the moon’s orbit, is part of an 18.6-year cycle, recorded as early as 1728.
“During half of the cycle, the moon creates lower high tides and higher low tides; the other half creates higher high tides and even lower low tides, ”the scientists said.
This new lunar position is expected to reach its peak in the mid-1930s and coincides with an already higher sea level, the result of decades of climate change.
This mix of unfortunate circumstances could have devastating consequences for coastal communities, which already suffer from regular flooding.
European floods: one of the worst natural disasters in Europe
More than 150 have been declared dead in the floods that have ravaged Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium in recent days.
All of western Europe was inundated by floodwaters, with rescue teams combing devastated areas in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Floods of rain have flooded rivers and washed away roads, covered entire villages and swept away vehicles in these three countries.
The most populous region of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, has been particularly affected while the regions of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saar also suffer from record flooding.
Meanwhile, the weather front that caused these latest European floods is slowly moving towards south-eastern Europe.
According to meteorologists from the National Observatory of Athens, this atmospheric disturbance will bring heavy rains and thunderstorms to the eastern Alps in Austria, as well as to the western parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The regions which are expected to be the most affected are Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Italy is also expected to be hit hard by heavy rainfall on Sunday.
The forecast also shows that from the beginning of next week, the weather conditions in Greece will change. The sunshine and high temperatures that have prevailed for days will give way to unstable weather, with widespread storms across the country, both on the mainland and on the islands.