A special kind of tide called a king tide has struck La Jolla, breaking the sea wall and flooding key areas along the popular coastline.
This ‘king tide’ is a specific type of tide that is significantly higher than anything else that one would expect to see in the local area, and is almost uncontrollable due to the combination of strong currents and other weather patterns including over six inches of rain that fell in just one night, along with a large amount of snow that came across the mountains. The two feet of snow that fell in the Sierra mountains have also added to this king tide effect, and there is little that can be done to prevent it. Unusual though a king tide is, they do occur, and in this case the La Jolla community are the ones that have been hit and are suffering.
Thankfully the damage that was sustained along the La Jolla coastline was mainly parking lots, but those have been greatly damaged by the floods all the way along the coast, and many are expecting to engage in a big clean up operation as soon as the king tides have stopped. Thankfully there have been absolutely no reports of anyone being harmed, and so it is hoped that the king tide effect will be over before anyone is killed or injured by its devastating effects.
It is expected, however, that these king tides will continue to hit the coastline of La Jolla every morning until Friday. For this reason, there is currently a coastal flood advisory in place, although this is expected to end at around 10 am on Friday. King tides are a very unusual event so for many meteorologists this is an exciting time, but for the rest of the La Jolla residents, we are just waiting for it to be over.