San Diego's coastline experiences effects of second day of ‘king tides'

Tide rises to 7.4 feet, to drops to 2 feet

SAN DIEGO - Spectators are still flocking to the San Diego coastline to see the effects of the "king tides."

10News Meteorologist Craig Herrera said the unusual high and low tide occurs every January.

Because of the alignment of the Earth with the sun and the moon, the California high tides are amplified and the low tides expose even more for people to explore.

"Earth and the sun and the moon are all lined up perfectly so we have the gravitational pull," said Travis Pritchard, who is with San Diego Coast Keeper.

Herrera said the peak of the high tide is occurring on Friday, because of the new moon.

Area beaches saw an extreme high tide of up to 7.4 feet 8:11 a.m., and then a low tide of almost 2 feet at 3:10 p.m.

Pritchard said these king tides may become more extreme in the coming years due to global warming and rising sea levels.

Sky10 shot video of sea water rushing into the lagoons at Torrey Pines State Beach. In La Jolla, water flowed into Avenida De La Playa and waves crashed against houses in the area.

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"A lot of San Diego's economy is based off of our coastline, so when we have sea level rise impacting our coastline then that's really something we need to care about in San Diego," he said.

King tide spectator, 85-year-old Jesse Russell, served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He told 10News that he thought the high tide was beautiful at the Children's Pool.

“I’ve been everywhere,” Russell said.  But San Diego is the place he has chosen to call home for the past 50 years. 

"It’s so powerful," beachgoer Anita Boris told 10News.  She was visiting and surprised by the unusual surf. 

"It’s so beautiful like in the movies because I come from Europe, and we don’t have ocean shore there," she said. 

Terry Phelan was also in La Jolla, and visiting from Orange County.

"We live in Heaven, and the rest of the country, too bad," he said with a chuckle. 

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