Climate change blamed for grim outlook on Jersey Shore flooding, federal report says

Ocean City flooded by winter storm, jersey shore

FRANK KUMMER / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – The trend persists, and it’s not good for New Jersey: Coastal towns continue to see increased high-tide flooding, inundating streets and basements — the result of sea level rise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said during a Wednesday teleconference.

In 2018, the number of high-tide flooding days tied the U.S. record set in 2015, according to NOAA’s fifth annual report on coastal high-tide flooding, also known as “nuisance” or “sunny day” flooding.

NOAA’s definition of high-tide flooding is when water levels measured by tide gauges exceed national flooding thresholds. As the sea level rises, it no longer takes a strong storm or a hurricane to cause coastal high-tide flooding in New Jersey’s oceanfront communities, back bays, and Delaware Bayshore region. Flooding can occur on clear, sunny days …

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