“Unusual Blue Supermoon Amplifies Hurricane Idalia’s Storm Surge | Latest Findings”
– Hurricane Idalia struck Florida and Georgia with heavy rainfall and strong winds on August 30, 2023.
– NASA and the National Ocean Service confirmed that the storm surge was intensified by the rare occurrence of a blue supermoon.
Astrologists and sky lovers were captivated by the serene beauty of the blue supermoon that graced the night sky on Wednesday. This rare phenomenon, where a second full moon occurs in a month when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, had many wondering if it had any connection to Hurricane Idalia. NASA and the National Ocean Service provided insights, explaining that the blue supermoon contributed to the storm surge due to its unique characteristics.
The gravitational attraction of the moon as it orbits around Earth generates tides. The oval shape of the moon’s orbit causes it to move closer or further away from Earth during each phase. As the moon approaches, its gravitational pull becomes stronger, leading to higher high tides and lower low tides. On Wednesday, the moon was at its closest point to Earth in its current orbit, coinciding with it becoming full in the evening. This created a perigean spring tide, which is the strongest type of tide. The National Ocean Service revealed that tides during a perigean spring tide average a foot higher than during an apogean one. This exceptional tidal influence combined with Hurricane Idalia resulted in a four-foot storm surge in Charleston, according to the National Weather Service office in Charleston.
Hurricane Idalia made its way through South Carolina before downgrading to a tropical storm. It left a lasting impact on those who witnessed the rare blue supermoon, as such an event is considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The next opportunity to witness this serene beauty will be in the year 2037.
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