King Tide

Nelson Park and beach with a king tide

Monday, the Boston Globe reported a king tide at Long wharf in Boston Harbor. “A king tide is an “exceptionally high tide” that occurs when the sun and moon align, and the “gravitational pull on the Earth is at its strongest,” according to NASA.”

After filming the breaking waves at Plymouth Long Beach, we traveled down the road to Nelson Park. There, we saw the effects of the king tide. There were not huge waves crashing onto the shore, but the water had flooded the entire beach, the marsh behind the Osprey pole, and the pathways along the grass park.

Nelson Park and beach with a king tide
Nelson Park and beach with a king tide
Nelson Park and beach with a king tide
Nelson Park and beach with a king tide

Nelson Park and beach with a king tide
Nelson Park and beach with a king tide
Nelson Park and beach with a king tide

We knew winter was coming since the grass field had many Atlantic brants and ring-billed gulls on it.

Ring-billed gull flying in for a landing
Atlantic Brant
The field with Atlantic brants and ring-billed gulls

These events took place one-half hour before high tide.