GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A trifecta of events Sunday night led to one of the most talked about lunar eclipses in recent memory. It’s been 33 years since we’ve seen a supermoon lunar eclipse, and it’ll be another 18 years until we see the next one. Sunday night’s full moon was at its closest point on its orbit around the Earth, making it a so-called supermoon. Supermoons appear 14% larger and 33% brighter than other full moons.
The closer the moon is to Earth, the stronger its gravitational pull is. This force causes higher than normal tides. That combined with eight to eleven inches of rain along the coast since last week has led to widespread flooding, especially during high tide.
On average, the extra gravitational pull from the moon causes tides that are only a few feet above normal. But high tides along our coast over the weekend were some of the highest that have been seen in nearly 20 years.