Documenting the King Tides

West Seattle Blog passes this along this Department of Ecology request to help document the high tides in the coming month.

The dates for January’s king tides vary slightly depending on location:

· In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, king tides will occur Jan. 8-13.

· Along Washington’s outer coast, they occur Jan. 10-12.

· The Puget Sound dates for king tides are Jan. 14-17.

Follow these steps to participate:

· Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur. Go to

· Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas at

· Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.

· Note the date, time and location of your photo – then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group at

· Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.

I love the citizen participation aspect of this. Hopefully they get a lot of good data.


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    Deathfrogg spews:

    A very old friend of mine (since 4th grade) and her husband own a beautiful house on the beach on the Lummi reservation, about 1/4 mile from the Lummi Island Ferry. Several times since they bought the place, the King tide combined with rather high onshore winds has pushed the water through their living room and wiped out everything on the lower floor. They did a huge structural remodel about 10 years ago, drilling micropiles to bedrock and internal framing with steel pillars and 6 inch J-Beam.

    They’re good people, but I don’t know if I’d want to replace all my carpet, drywall and furniture every 5 or 6 years.