Annapolis, Maryland - June 05, 2016: A thunderstorm prompts two families to huddle under umbrellas at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial park in historic Annapolis Sunday June 5th, 2016. Earlier that day a perigean spring tide brought some of the highest water levels of the year to the coastal town and partially flooded the park. Thunderstorms are a more common cause of nuisance flooding in Annapolis.
A perigean spring tide brings nuisance flooding to Annapolis, Md. These phenomena -- colloquially know as a "King Tides" -- happen three to four times a year and create the highest tides for coastal areas, except when storms aren't a factor. Annapolis is extremely susceptible to nuisance flooding anyway, but the amount of nuisance flooding has skyrocketed in the last ten years. Scientists point to climate change for this uptick.
CREDIT: Matt Roth for The New York Times
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