H-CENTRAL COAST

Jan 2, 2014 7:29 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

King tides impact Central Coast

We've had great beach weather along the Central Coast, but if you've gone to the beach, you may have noticed something different. There have been extremely low and high tides.

They are often called King tides.

Tides in the ocean are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon. When the pull is strong, the water makes it farther inland, and it's strong right now.

The place on earth that has a high tide at this moment will have a low tide in about six hours.

According to scientists, tides are highest during the new moon and full moon.

Because of the low tides this week, there have been a number of rescues along the Central Coast. The California Highway Patrol says officers were asked to help out with a surf rescue in Morro Bay on Monday. On Wednesday, CAL FIRE reportedly called the CHP requesting air support. They needed help finding six people who were stuck in the mud in canoes in Morro Bay's estuary.

The first king tide of 2014 happened Wednesday, but another one should happen around 9:09 a.m. Thursday according to the California King Tides Initiative.

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