WEST SEATTLE SCENE: ‘King tide’ swamps seawall at Alki, and beyond

3:23 PM: Just in – video and photos from Alki, where this afternoon’s high tide has swamped the seawall. The video above is from Kersti Muul of Salish Wildlife Watch; below, photos from Stewart L. further east:

That’s Don Armeni Boat Ramp, and here’s Luna/Anchor Park:

Also, another angle of the Alki promenade from Kersti:

Today’s high tide was 12.3 feet at 2:43 pm; tomorrow will be 12.4 at 3:18 pm. Next week the highest high tides will be in the morning; the chart shows 12.6 at 6:52 am Tuesday and 7:48 am Wednesday. These are the so-called “king tides”; they’ll be even higher in a month, with 12.9 high tides in mid-December.

ADDED 7:19 PM: Aimee pointed out via Twitter that atmospheric conditions caused a high tide well above what was predicted:

And we have one more photo – this one from David Hutchinson at Alki:

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCENE: 'King tide' swamps seawall at Alki, and beyond"

  • Rachel November 13, 2020 (3:38 pm)

    It’s flooding up to houses on Vashon. So sad for these people come December!

  • Mj November 13, 2020 (3:58 pm)

    Darn it, it would be kewl to see in person.  Please advise of December King Tide timing so people can check it out.  Thank you

    • HappyOnAlki November 13, 2020 (6:54 pm)

      If you click on “the chart” in the second line, you can see all the tide info!

      • WSB November 13, 2020 (7:07 pm)

        And you can also advance it to next month (and far beyond). Sorry we weren’t on this earlier – I tend to pay more attention to low-low tides, and this time of year those happen late at night, so I fall out of habit of keeping an eye on the tide chart. – TR

  • Chris November 13, 2020 (4:03 pm)

    Now that’s the water level I want to launch my boat in   : )

  • Harold November 13, 2020 (4:49 pm)

    That is a sweet and timely picture of the Alki promenade featuring the Birthplace of Seattle monument!

  • Kersti Muul November 13, 2020 (4:56 pm)

    I’m hearing the floats at don armeni might not make it! Downtown piers having a rough go of it as well

  • Rocking Lincoln Park November 13, 2020 (5:38 pm)

    Lincoln Park walking was pretty exciting around 3:15 pm. Lots of waves splashing onto the walking path getting us wet. Loved it!

  • ws resident November 13, 2020 (5:51 pm)

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a windstorm today?

  • Question Authority November 13, 2020 (8:23 pm)

    With today as an example and ever increasing global warming there will be waterfront property for cheap in this town.

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