Opinion: Jersey Shore family traditions threatened by climate change

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Ocean City flooded by winter storm, jersey shore

SOPHIE DAVIES / PHILLY.COM – In 1952, after my grandparents married, they bought a home in Avalon, N.J., intending it to be the heart of family gatherings for generations to come. I grew up spending long summer days fishing and crabbing in the marshes, walking along the boardwalk, and playing cards at sunset. These are my fondest memories of childhood, but I fear that climate change may render these experiences part of history.

At the Jersey Shore, rising sea levels mean higher, devastating storm surges from hurricanes and nor’easters, and “sunny day flooding,” which is when ocean tides are so high they cover roads, seep into homes, and turn neighborhoods into tide pools …

Sophie Davies studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She spends her summers in Avalon, NJ. 

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