December 17 2012 – Impressive sounds of winds and storm in Vancouver, BC, Canada – related to Climate Change?
The Vancouver sun reports that massive waves hit the seawall during a storm in West Vancouver on the 17th of December 2012. This storm was trigerred by a combination of a king tide and a surging storm. Are these symptoms of what climate change and rising sea levels could mean for the region? For some researchers this stormy weather could become “normal” within the next years if nothing is done against global warming. It is supposed that ocean levels could rise up to 80 cm at Nanaimo and up to 120 cm in the Fraser Delta by 2100 due to climate change. Vancouver city is now working on a climate change plan to avoid coastal flood and erosion risk due to rising sea levels. Nobody was heart but damages are reported in parks along the ocean.
King tides form twice a year when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon reinforce each other thus increasing the water level at high tide to about 1 meters (yesterday in Vancouver from 4.0m in average to 5.5m).