Historic Flooding Events

Cardiff: Past Events

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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Remnants of flooding in the Seaside State Beach parking lot
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Remnants of flooding in the Seaside State Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot

We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.

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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot

We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.

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We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.

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Remnants of flooding in the Seaside State Beach parking lot
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Remnants of flooding in the Seaside State Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed remains after flooding in the Cardiff Beach parking lot

We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.

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Christmas Day Seaside Beach in Cardiff by the Sea suffered sand and rock damage over one half of the low-lying parking lot (photo by SD Reader.)
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Five to eight feet of sand lost (photo by SD Reader).

We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.

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Flooding in the parking lot of the Chart House restaurant
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Flooding on Highway 101
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Water pools behind the berm along Highway 101
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Water hits the berm along Highway 101
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Flooding on Highway 101
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Water flows into the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Water flows into the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Water pools in the Cardiff Beach parking lot
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Seaweed and cobbles remain after flooding in the Seaside State Park parking lot

We seek to describe the ocean conditions that have led to past flooding events at Imperial Beach. Historic flood analysis will help to determine flood thresholds at different locations throughout the city. Time series of estimated total water level and the relative contributions of tides, wave runup, and sea level provide a summary of the conditions contributing to reported flooding events.

The wave runup formulation is described here. Peak period is used instead of average period in the waves calculation. Here we include sea level variations that are omitted from the CDIP Flooding Index. Levels are referenced to MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water). Tide and sea level observations are taken from the NOAA tide station in La Jolla, CA.