WEST SEATTLE SHORES: First fall/winter ‘king tides’ soon

(January 2022 photo by Holli Margell)

The so-called “king tides” of fall/winter make their first appearance starting on Thanksgiving Day. The morning high tide hits 12 feet at 5:36 am that day, and keeps climbing from there – 12.4 feet at 6:26 am Friday, November 25 and peaking at 12.6 feet at 7:17 am Saturday, November 26, with the highest high tide staying at 12 feet or above for the rest of the month and on to December 3rd. High tides reach 12 feet and over again December 8-12, with the highest tides of December peaking during Christmas/Hanukkah, 13 feet on December 25-26. Winter’s highest high tides are about a month after that, 13.1 feet on January 24-25. The high tides themselves aren’t always problematic unless weather conditions compound them, as was the case in early January this year (photo above).

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SHORES: First fall/winter 'king tides' soon"

  • Flivver November 16, 2022 (12:36 pm)

    City put sandbags on the water side of the statue of liberty last week.

    • Carol November 16, 2022 (5:33 pm)

      I was wondering if the sandbags there were for winter storms. Hope they work!

  • Scubafrog November 16, 2022 (1:38 pm)

    I love these tides, especially with winds –  It’s fun to watch the water shoot over the bulkheads on Alki.

  • Spencer November 16, 2022 (5:59 pm)

    Super cool! I’m glad there’ll be time on Thanksgiving morning to swing by and see it. :D

  • Lucy November 16, 2022 (9:48 pm)

    Whoo hoo!  Batten down the hatches, mateys!  Stormy season is the BEST!   Christmas Day 2015 was amazing.  Looking forward to a topper!

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