Fort Lauderdale and parts of Miami's coast experienced some flooding Monday morning -- but it wasn't due to rain. King tides were to blame for the event, and South Florida is currently experiencing the peak of the occurrence this week.
WHAT ARE KING TIDES?
“King tides” are a general term for exceptionally high tides.
WHEN DO KING TIDES HAPPEN?
King tides occur when the sun, moon and earth are aligned, or, in today's case, during a new moon cycle. When the moon is in close proximity with the earth, there is a stronger gravitational pull on the ocean, causing the tides to be higher than usual.
King tides will take place Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. During this time frame, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects high tide will be anywhere between 3.27 to 3.51 feet.
Using Miami's Harbor as a reference point, here’s when we can expect to see king tides in South Florida this week:
Sept. 30: 10:56 a.m.
Oct. 1: 10:47 a.m.
Oct. 2: 12:01 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Oct. 3: 12:50 a.m., 1:29 p.m.