I'm hearing not just Seattle beaches and all Puget Sound but that High tides will be extra high everywhere around the world this week.
"KING TIDES" are occurring now because the sun and the moon are very near Earth, says experts at NOAA. Tides are caused by the pull of the moon and the sun on masses of water. Combined with the peculiarities of different coastlines, they result in differing local sea levels around the world. King tides happen when the gravitational forces of the sun, Earth and moon are aligned. Okay, remember the DOOMSDAY in December that this lineup would occur? This combined force is being asserted now because the Earth is at the point in its orbit at which it is closest to the sun, on Jan. 2, and this week the moon is reaching its so called close location as well for January. This happens twice a year as well as those extreme Low Tides we see in Summer all around The Northwest. Normal Tides for Seattle are around 5-10 feet above Sea Level. KING TIDES can reach 16 feet! If we hit around 23 feet you would see whater overflow the waterfront and cover Alakaskan Way.... I'd say head to Ballard LOCKS on HIGH TIDE and you will see just a few feet difference from Low water (Puget Sound) and High water (Canal/Lake Union).