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Northeast Regional Ocean Council
That discussion may continue well into the Labor Day weekend, traditionally the last big beach weekend in Maine.
Dickson said king tides - especially high tides, sometimes 2 or 3 feet higher than average - in the past week are remobilizing seaweed that is likely to wash ashore just in time for the holiday weekend.
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The increase in seaweed stems from four factors: wind direction, spring tides, neap tides and surf.
Spring tides - which have the largest range and occur around the full and new moons - create high water levels that can move seaweed from rocky shores, setting the wrack free to wash onto sandy beaches.
There were many days in July with high water levels, Dickson said.
Living Shorelines Group | Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
"This is the Patriot's Day storm of April 2007 all over again, with a shorter duration and stronger wind," Dickson said Friday.
"We now are evaluating potential beach erosion damage in comparison to past storms."
The marine geologist described the storm has bringing an unusually high tide of 11 feet, accompanied by a storm surge of 2 feet, plus high winds and rogue, or large, solitary, waves that could do extensive damage to vulnerable sections of Maine's coast.
Dickson listed potential damage in Saco, particularly Camp Ellis, as one site facing serious consequences.
There also could be some bank erosion, slope failures and potentially small landslides occurring along the coast or river banks due to flooding and several inches of rainfall, Dickson said.
"We are expecting moderate beach erosion that will be similar to some of the past nor'easters," the marine geologist said.
Dickson said monitoring already is under way at Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg.
"There will be more beach-blanket space," Dickson promised, adding that it "ends the threat of erosion to the new bathhouses."
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