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King tides – the reason why the sea has gone out so far, or up extra high

We’ve had a number of photos posted to social media about the tides over the past day or so – mainly focused on just how far out the tide has gone.

This morning NIWA – the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research – tweeted @WeatherWatchNZ and other followers to explain why the tide has been going out so far….and coming in higher than usual.

You can find NIWA’s list of “red alert” days for King Tides here – and a big thank you to NIWA for explaining what is going on.


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