Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hell or High Water? High Water, King Tides.

Port Orchard (PHOTO: Ray Garrido/Ecology)
From Neil Chism, The Trashman, via Eric Becker of We Are Shouting:

“Next week we will be having very high tides in Puget Sound.  
“If you want to see some dramatic stuff going on, check out the Duwamish on the 14th-17th early in the mornings. 
"NOAA is predicting 12 foot plus tides. If the weather is bad, i.e. low pressure over the city then add another foot or two, and if the river is really flowing and a few more inches in the waterway.  
“Look over at the T105 park for inundation, or the little Diagonal Ave. park. T105 should be more dramatic I think. We are watching the marinas down there too. If the bad weather holds the marina floats will be coming close to mechanical limits.”


And, from the Department of Ecology, heralding the “King Tide” season:

* Along Washington's outer coast, king tides will occur Dec. 12-15, 2012, and Jan. 10-12, 2013.  
* In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, they occur Dec. 12-14, 2012, and Jan. 8-12, 2013.

* The Puget Sound dates for king tides are Dec. 16-19, 2012, and Jan. 14-17, 2013.
     
 Locate the highest tides— and take and share your photos:
      
* Use Ecology's king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur. 
* Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology's Coastal Atlas. 
* 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.

Stay dry, ducklings.

--Mike Sato

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