SC King Tide Recap: October 2016 - MyCoast SC King Tide Recap: October 2016 - MyCoast

Summary of October 2016 South Carolina King Tides

Highest Predicted Tide: 7.2′
Highest Observed Tide: 7.8′
Predicted King Tides: 7
Observed King Tides: 21


Two days before the start of the October 2016 King Tide series, water levels from Hurricane Matthew peaked at 9.3 feet above mean lower low water (MLLW) in Charleston Harbor. This reading has only been exceeded at the Charleston Harbor Tide Station twice since data collection began in 1899. The first was in August of 1940, when an unnamed Category 2 hurricane pushed water levels to 10.2 feet above MLLW. The second was in September 1989, when water levels from Hurricane Hugo reached 12.5 feet above MLLW.

DATE AM/PM KING TIDE PREDICTED? KING TIDE OBSERVED? PREDICTED 
WATER LEVEL OBSERVED WATER LEVEL DIFFERENCE
Oct 8 AM No Yes 4.9 9.3 4.4
Oct 9 PM No No 5.5 6.1 0.6
Oct 10 PM No Yes 5.7 7 1.3
Oct 11 AM No Yes 5.2 6.6 1.4
Oct 11 PM No Yes 5.9 7 1.1
Oct 12 AM No Yes 5.6 6.7 1.1
Oct 12 PM No Yes 6.1 7.3 1.2
Oct 13 AM No Yes 6 6.7 0.7
Oct 13 PM No Yes 6.3 7.1 0.8
Oct 14 AM No Yes 6.4 6.7 0.3
Oct 14 PM No Yes 6.5 7.3 0.8
Oct 15 AM Yes Yes 6.8 7.4 0.6
Oct 15 PM Yes Yes 6.6 7.4 0.8
Oct 16 AM Yes Yes 7 7.7 0.7
Oct 16 PM No Yes 6.5 7.2 0.7
Oct 17 AM Yes Yes 7.2 7.8 0.6
Oct 17 PM No Yes 6.4 7.2 0.8
Oct 18 AM Yes Yes 7.1 7.7 0.6
Oct 18 PM No Yes 6.2 6.7 0.5
Oct 19 AM Yes Yes 7 7.4 0.4
Oct 20 PM Yes Yes 6.7 7.2 0.5
Oct 21 PM No Yes 6.4 7.1 0.7
Oct 22 PM No Yes 6.2 6.7 0.5

(Water levels in feet relative to MLLW at Charleston Harbor Tide Station.)

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