Year’s highest tides on the way

November 25, 2018

Edison Slough, which flows into Samish Bay, rises during a king tide in December 2015.

The highest tides of the year, called king tides, are forecast to hit area shorelines Monday.

King tides are extreme high tides that occur during the winter, when the moon is closest to Earth.

They present an opportunity to preview what the state’s shoreline areas may look like in the future as sea level rises, according to the King Tides Program coordinated by the state Department of Ecology and Washington Sea Grant, which is a research and education program out of the University of Washington.

The King Tides Program encourages the state’s residents to photograph king tides to help scientists, planners and policy makers visualize how the state will be impacted by sea level rise.

Sea level is predicted to rise about 2 feet in Skagit County by 2100, according to a report released in July by the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

King tides are forecast for nine days: Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 23-25.

Each of those king tides is forecast to occur between 7 and 10 a.m.

In the Anacortes area, the king tides are forecast to reach up to 9.4 feet.

Photos of the king tides can be submitted using the MyCoast mobile app or online at mycoast.org/wa.

Photo submissions should include the date, time and location where the photo was taken.

For more information, visit wsg.washington.edu/community-outreach/hazard-resilience-and-climate-adaptation/king-tides/program.

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