Andrea Thompson, Live Science, Oct. 11, 2017

Sodden lawns and streets-turned-lakes plagued low-lying parts of Florida’s coast such as Miami and Tampa Bay over the last week, but the culprit wasn’t the latest howling storm. In fact, the skies were often sunny and blue.

The rash of flooding was instead the work of so-called king tides, the highest high tides of the year, brought on by a combination of seasonal factors and the alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon.

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