When a portion of the street near Midway Drive and Barnett Avenue in the Midway district flooded at the end of November, San Diego police moved quickly to rule out the usual flooding suspect: a broken water main.
The flooding, police said, was the result of a high ocean tide surging into the storm drain system.
On the morning of Dec. 23, the tide flowed over the beach at La Jolla shores, crested the seawall and flooded the boardwalk and parking lot. The next day, waves created by the incoming king tide badly damaged the famous surfer shack at Windansea Beach.
They are so-called “king tides,” the highest tides of the year. They’re a predictable phenomenon that typically happens throughout the November-February winter season; the next such tide is expected to arrive the week of Jan. 21.