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

Scientists want you to track the oncoming tide so they can determine the future of the region.

Hampton Roads has seen its 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!

There are also test sessions being held around the Hampton Roads area dedicated to helping you prepare you for the event and teach you how to use the Sea Level Rise app effectively!

Here's a list of the sessions:

  • Buckroe Beach, Hampton
    • 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11
    • Park in the lot closest to Buckroe Ave. and meet near the playground at 2:30 p.m. (Running late? Meet us at the beach front!)
  • Myrtle Park, Norfolk
    • 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 (High tide will be at roughly 6:10 p.m.)
    • Park on the street
  • Yorktown Beach, 425 Water St, Yorktown
    • 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21
    • Meeting place TBA (look in event description within the app)
  • Buckroe Beach, 100 First St. South, Hampton
    • 10-11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 21
    • Park in the lot closest to Buckroe Ave. and meet near the playground at 10 a.m. (Running behind? Meet us at the beach front.)
  • Munden Point Park kayak launch, 2001 Pefley Lane, Virginia Beach
    • 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22
    • Hosted by Lafayette Wetlands Partnership

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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