West Seattle Herald recently wrote about the King Tides that will be topping out at 13 feet along our shoreline this weekend…
So called King Tides (a non-scientific term) simply refers to the very highest tides. They occur when the earth, moon and sun are aligned at perigee (when the moon is closest to earth) and perihelion (when the earth is closest to the sun), resulting in the largest tidal range seen during a year since the gravitational effects are magnified.
While NOAA does not expect additional tidal height due to coastal flooding, the Marine Forecast has issued southerly winds between 15/ 25 knots with 2-4 foot waves to boot during Saturday’s extreme high tide…
PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
900 AM PST WED DEC 12 2012
THU…S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. CHANCE OF RAIN.
THU NIGHT…S WIND 10 TO 20 KT…RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.
FRI…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS.
FRI NIGHT…N WIND 5 TO 15 KT…BECOMING S TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.
SAT…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.
SUN…SW WIND TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.
Upcoming high tides:
Thursday +12.5 ft at 5:15AM also +12.1 at 3:30PM
Friday +12.8 ft at 6:30AM also +11.8 at 4:30PM
Saturday +13 ft at 7:00AM also +11.2 at 5:30PM
Sunday +13 ft at 8:00AM
Monday +12.9 ft at 8:30AM
Tuesday +12.7 ft at 9:00AM
Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog