King Tide season isn’t here yet, but this weekend should provide an early opportunity to witness some exceptionally high tides along the coast. In fact, the coming storm could bring some of the highest tides of the year— and show us what to expect from future rising seas.
Exact tide levels are notoriously hard to predict and true King Tides won’t begin for a couple of months, but this weekend may be a great chance to snap photos of your favorite King Tide viewing spots. As many of you know, Washington Sea Grant and Ecology jointly oversee the Washington King Tides Initiative.
The King Tides Initiative serves to help people visualize the future of Washington’s coast— a future with higher sea levels, intensified flooding, and threatened infrastructure. Citizens can help document changes in the high water level around iconic landmarks and familiar views of bridges, jetties, beaches and any other structures by contributing photos to the Washington King Tides Initiative project site. I encourage you to participate and share the opportunity with others in your networks via social media—we could even end up with a coast-wide record of this storm’s effects. The project currently has photos for these sites and others:
- Cooks Cove, Anacortes
- Guemes Island ferry landing, Anacortes
- Duwamish Waterway
- Pier 3, Seattle
- Pipers Creek, Seattle
- Seacrest Marina, Seattle
- Point No Point Light, Hansville
- Port Gamble, Kingston
- Al’s Marina, Olalla
- Gig Harbor
- Yardbird Shopping Center, Olympia
- Westport Light State Park, Westport
Saturday’s storm is potentially historic and warrants great caution, but, just ahead of King Tide season, it’s also a chance to consider how extreme high water levels will affect our communities. By safely documenting the effects of climate change on Washington’s coasts, we can use this hazard to demonstrate the need for coastal resilience work. Stay safe and happy snapping!