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Washington Coast King Tides This Weekend, Inland Seas Later

Published 11/11/20 at 6:25 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Washington Coast King Tides This Weekend, Inland Seas Later

(Westport, Washington) – King Tides don’t just happen on the Oregon coast. Major tidal events are in store this weekend for the Washington coast as well, happening November 15 – 17, just as down south. Alongside these heavy tidal surges are some massive waves due to storms coming into the Pacific Northwest, although the big storm is more of a Friday and Saturday thing, then calming a bit as king tides kick in on Sunday. (Oregon / Washington Coast Storm Could Bring 35-Ft Waves This Weekend )

For the entire Pacific Northwest, it may mean extra flooding and beach dangers on Sunday, while Monday and Tuesday will be no shirkers when it comes to king tide hazards as well.

For the Washington coast, the King Tides Project is a partnership between Washington Sea Grant and Washington Department of Ecology. There, you are asked to snap pictures of the highest tides of that day, everywhere from Long Beach to La Push, and into the inland seas as well.

Post king tides photos to the free app called MyCoast under king tides: This is for Washington coast pics only.

Washington is quite different from Oregon during king tide events as it also has the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Puget Sound, where ocean waters head quite a ways inland. Those areas – such as Bellingham, Seattle, Port Townsend and Olympia - have their own king tides from November 17 – 19.

The Washington Pacific coastline king tides occur on November 15 – 17, and most of them in the early afternoon. For instance, at Ilwaco the highest tides on those days are around 9.5 feet, between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Up at Westport, Copalis and La Push it’s similar times as well.

The full calendar and updated information for Washington’s king tides are at this link.

“As you can see the king tides happen at slightly different times and days depending on location due to our complex geographic landscape,” said Washington Sea Grant’s Bridget Trosin. “Generally the king tides occur middle of the month this year but I usually ask people to check the king tides calendar or a tide table for their local area.” (Get Your Cameras Ready for Oregon Coast King Tides, November 15 - 17)

Like Oregon’s king tides, the groups are asking you to make comparative photos.

“It is helpful to take pictures where the impact of the tide can be gauged against familiar landmarks that do not move with the tides like buildings, roads, sea walls, and beach infrastructure such as boat ramps, piers and pilings,” said Washington Sea Grant on its website. See  Washington Coast Weather

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