A Moon Wobble Will Mean More Flooding in Virginia

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

White stationwagon driving through flooded street with home in background.

The moon takes 18.6 years to orbit the Earth. Half the time, depending on the moon’s location, high tides are suppressed, and low tides are higher, and the other half, low tides are lower, and high tides are higher. In other words, if you have a sandbar off the coast, depending on the cycle the moon is in, you’ll see more of it at low tide.

Apparently, the scientific term for these phases is “wobble.”