High tides and rain forced the closure of parts of Pacific Coast Highway in California near Sunset Beach Thursday due to flooding.
A foot of water also flooded some homes in the area, according to local news reports.
The so-called King Tides, caused by an alignment of the sun, the moon and the Earth, bring the highest tides of the year to some California beaches.
The King Tides predicted for beaches along the coast of California, currently or in the near future, will occur on Dec. 12-14, 2012, Jan. 9-11, 2013, and Feb. 7-9, 2013.
The highest tide of the season along the coast of San Diego is expected to reach 7.3 feet, a level that was last reached in 2008.
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A three-year marine heatwave extending from June 2014 to May 2017 severely damaged coral reefs around the globe. A recent study further analyzed the impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Turkey early Tuesday morning, and was followed by more than half a dozen aftershocks.
After above-normal temperatures last week, temperatures will return to near-normal levels across the British Isles.
In recent years, natural disasters, including destructive wildfires and hurricanes have ravaged millions of trees and forests across the United States.
Following beneficial rain last Friday and Saturday, parts of the southern Plains still suffering from extreme to exceptional drought will receive more help from Mother Nature at midweek.
Old Man Winter's reluctance to "give it up" is largely responsible for the lack of tornadoes counted across part of Tornado Alley so far this year.
London Marathon organizers confirmed the death of a 29-year-old man who died after collapsing at the Sunday race, the hottest race on record for the event.
Rain will put a damper on outdoor activities, including MLB games, and slow travel in the northeastern United States this week.