FREAK TIDES ON EAST COAST 2009
Scientists Don't Know What's Causing Freak Tides
By Orlando Montoya
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Marine scientists say, they're baffled by several weeks of unusually high tides that coastal residents have noticed from Maine to Florida.
(photo Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)Unusually high tides are not uncommon, but their causes are usually easily identified. Since mid-June, however, scientists have found no credible reason why tides are running a half to two-feet above normal up and down the East Coast. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography professor Jack Blanton says, one cause, wind, is an unlikely answer.