Coastal flooding in the U.S. is happening twice as often at high tide

Ocean City flooded by winter storm, jersey shore

SARAH KENNEDY / YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS – The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and … your street is flooded?

So-called “nuisance flooding” happens when high-tide waters pour into coastal communities. It may have nothing to do with rainwater or storm surge. And as sea levels rise, it’s getting more common.

William Sweet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that, on average, high-tide flooding around the country is now twice as common as it was 30 years ago. Last year, some places in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Texas saw more than 20 days with high-tide flooding …

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