What is the King Tide? Hampton Roads' highest astronomical tide of the year!

The King Tide is an astronomical high tide that will happen in Hampton Roads on Nov. 5, 2017.

Hampton Roads has seen it's fill of tidal flooding.

But one particular flooding event this November could help researchers determine how tides and sea levels impact this region for years to come. And we need your help to track it.

It's called the "King Tide" and the project attached to it is called "Catch the King."

A king tide is a current that carries higher than normal tidal flooding levels depending on astronomical conditions, such as the positioning of the earth, sun and moon and their gravitational pulls.

It's set to hit Hampton Roads on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 and will serve as this year's highest astronomical tide of the year.

We're partnering with the Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press and WHRO Public Media just for this event.

Check out these interactive flood maps for projected flood heights and exact times the tide will hit your community.

So how can you help us measure the flooding?

Well, we're looking for all the volunteers we can gather to help "catch the king," which means tracking how far this wave reaches across the region.

Your data could help scientists and community leaders gain a better understanding of risks from rising tides.

First, download the SeaLevelRise app to your smartphone and tablet and check out the maps of trouble spots where this tide will have a major effect.

You can track the tide using photos and mark flooding spots you see in your area.

iOS: SeaLevelRise

Android: Sea Level Rise

Second, sign up to volunteer! We need all the help we can get.

Join our open Facebook group where you can engage with others in the area interested in taking part in the event and where you can more information from us and our media partners

Facebook group: Help Catch the King Tide!

Make sure to download our app and check out our dedicated section, "Catch the King!"

Now, mark your calendar for Nov. 5 because we will need your help to measure the tide that morning using the app.

Following the tidal event, we will have data and photos that you can look through and review to see how the king tide has affected the area.

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