Extreme high tides are coming to coastal Rhode Island, and planners need your photos.
As sea level rises, some of Rhode Island’s low-lying coastal areas increasingly flood during higher-than-normal high tides. Capturing photos of those flooded areas can help local and state planners identify places where resilience efforts are needed. Staff of Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Center (CRC), the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and Save The Bay are asking local community members to photograph the impacts of coastal storms and flooding on their neighborhoods and sharing that information with them through the MyCoast app.
Please stay safe when snapping MyCoast photos. Do not put yourself in harm’s way for the sake of a cool shot!
Below are the listed tides running higher than average (above MHHW) for fall 2020 with times listed for Newport:
18-Sep 9:00AM (1.0 ft)
19-Sep 9:50AM (1.1 ft)
20-Sep 10:41AM (1.1 ft)
16-Oct 7:49AM (1.1 ft)
17-Oct 8:38AM (1.3 ft)
18-Oct 9:28AM (1.3 ft)
19-Oct 10:20AM (1.2 ft)
14-Nov 6:29AM (1.1 ft)
15-Nov 7:19AM (1.3 ft)
16-Nov 8:10AM (1.2 ft)
17-Nov 9:02AM (1.0 ft)
14-Dec 7:04AM (1.0 ft)
If you don’t live near Newport:
Add 9 minutes for Quonset
Add 13 minutes for Bristol
Add 18 minutes for Providence
Add 32 minutes for Weekapaug
Subtract 14 minutes for Block Island
* If you live on an enclosed tidal water body or salt pond, the tides can be an hour or more later than in the open ocean or bay.
Here are some locations planners identified as needing to be photographed:
- Barrington: Lathem Park, Willow Street, Barrington Beach, roads that end along the Palmer River
- Bristol: Bike Path and Hope Street at Silver Creek, Poppasquash Road south of entrance to Colt State Park
- Jamestown: North Road
- Newport: Wellington Avenue
- Portsmouth: Common Fence Point Blvd and Island Park
- Providence: Waterplace Park
- South Kingstown: Roads along the the Narrow River, Matunuck around Point Judith or Potters Pond
- Warren: Jamiel Park, Warren Town Beach, Palmer Avenue, Bridge Street
- Warwick: Anywhere and everywhere!
- Westerly: Watch Hill, Fort Road, Weekapaug Road, Atlantic Avenue, Breen Road
To assist this effort, you may install MyCoast from wherever you download apps. Information about the exact time can be found at https://mycoast.org/ri/king-tides/king-tides-schedule.
MyCoast Rhode Island is presented by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, URI Coastal Resources Center, Save the Bay, National Weather Service, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems