2014′s highest tides arrive on West Seattle shores this weekend

January 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm | In West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photo of king-tide/storm-surge flooding at Alki Bathhouse, December 17, 2012)
As our friends at Beach Drive Blog remind us, extra-high tides are on the way this weekend – another round of the so-called “king tides.” Without a storm in the forecast, we are NOT expecting the type of flooding that famously hit more than a year ago, as shown above, but we checked the tide charts for the entire year, and noted that the 13.3-foot high tides Saturday (7:22 am) and Sunday (8:04 am) mornings are the highest tides projected for all of 2014. Then after 13.1-foot high tides February 2nd and 3rd, we won’t see 13-foot high tides again until next Christmas Day.

2 Comments

  1. Perhaps MetPatrick can chime in, but if the offshore flow is strong then maybe Lady Liberty will be back on an island…maybe 10-15 knots?

    Comment by JayDee — 8:41 pm January 2, 2014 #

  2. @ JayDee… Offshore gradients will be weak to non existent this weekend during King Tides meaning NO flooding like the pic above but impressive water rises nonetheless.

    If we had a storm originating from the NW moving to the SE with onshore gradients from the NW or NE then we would be looking at a different situation but NOT this time.

    Comment by metpatrick — 2:00 pm January 4, 2014 #

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