KING TIDES: Get ready for the next round

(November photo by Kersti Muul)

Quite a show two weeks ago when the first round of “king tides” arrived. Next wave is due in mid-December, and scientists would like your help reporting on them:

King tides, the annual extreme-high tides that occur whenever the moon is closest to Earth, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters – and offer a glimpse of what our future in Western Washington may look like as sea levels rise. This holiday season provides a great opportunity for people to capture these extreme tides and help scientists assemble a preview of shorelines to come. You can find the date and time of the next king tide nearest you by visiting the Washington Sea Great king tides calendar.

It’s simple to get involved during the 2020-2021 Washington king tides season and raise awareness about rising seas, particularly through the MyCoast app that was developed for statewide use: Download the MyCoast app on your smartphone and upload your king tide photographs from any king tide events around the state.

Your photos will help scientists, managers, planners and your own community visualize the changes coming to coastal regions around Western Washington. To find out how much sea levels could rise in your community, check the most current sea level rise projections.

The next king tides are coming in mid-December and January. Keep your phone or camera ready. Please just remember to stay safe by watching out for waves and slippery surfaces!

The King Tides program is a partnership between Washington Sea Grant and Washington Department of Ecology.

(Send us some of your pics too!)

5 Replies to "KING TIDES: Get ready for the next round"

  • Sheila G November 27, 2020 (7:50 am)

    What a beautiful photo!

  • bmc November 28, 2020 (1:22 pm)

    What makes some tides go over the bank and not others – even though they are nearly idential in +.

  • aunty November 28, 2020 (3:41 pm)

    The Moon?

  • WSB November 28, 2020 (3:48 pm)

    There is a meteorological phenomenon that I can’t accurately describe. Has to do with low pressure. During the higher-than-expected event last month, on the day for which we had photos, the low elsewhere in the region contributed to an extra foot or so of tidal height here …. TR

  • Scott Collins November 30, 2020 (4:22 pm)

    The prevailing wind speed and direction is also a huge factor.  In November of 2015 and 2016 (as I recall) we had a fairly high king tide and a strong wind from the North.  Think of a mini version of the storm surges we hear about during hurricanes.  That wind effect increases the impact of any tides and voila, we have a wet lawn at Alki and sandbags at the Bathhouse:)

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