ICYMI - The Experts Predicted Hampton Beach Would Be Gone by 2020. - Granite Grok

ICYMI – The Experts Predicted Hampton Beach Would Be Gone by 2020.


As a visiting midwest (ish) tourist, before moving to New Hampshire in 1990, I took the occasional trip to Hampton Beach. Good times.

What I didn’t know then was that a few years later in 1995 2500 experts got together and decided they could make a comfortable living if they said things like in 25 years “most of the beaches on the East Coast would be gone.”

The good times were in peril.

Don’t let your eyes fool you. Taken this past June, the picture above suggests that there’s still a s**tload of beachy looking crap between the parking meters, pricey-food/attractions and the encroaching surf.

It even looks startlingly similar to this picture taken in 1940.

Hampton Beach 1940s-50s

That’s probably because the nearest tidal gauge shows a centuries-long average interglacial increase of only 1.76 mm per year. That’s about 1.524 inches since the prediction in 1995.

If we’re talking since the 40’s and 50’s the change is 4.6 inches +/-, which we still can’t see no matter how many pictures we check. But that’s okay. You can’t see it because it’s not visible to the human eye.

You can’t see it, feel it, or even accurately measure it. But it’s there.

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ICYMI Repost: Originally Posted Dec 31, 2017