The next round of King Tides will be this weekend, Friday 12/3 to Sunday 12/5. Watch for tidal flooding throughout Tillamook County during high tide – late morning to noon – in the usual areas including downtown Nehalem, Fraser Road in Tillamook and the Pacific City Airport as well as large waves breaking well up the beaches. Be safe and observe from a distance.
From the Portland District, US Army Corps of Engineers Facebook Page – with helpful information about the upcoming King Tides:
Oregon King Tides Project website
What is a “king tide”?
The term ‘king tide’ is a non-scientific term that refers to the highest winter tides that occur each year. These extreme high tides occur when the moon’s orbit comes closest to the earth, the earth’s orbit is closest to the sun, and the sun, moon and earth are in direct alignment, thereby increasing their gravitational influence on the tides. These tidal events are also known as perigean spring tides.
Oregon King Tides Flickr
Oregon King Tides OPB article[Meg Reed} said king tides create the highest of high tides and the lowest of low tides, and they are predictable—which makes it a perfect opportunity to learn more about sea-level rise in our region.
“With sea-level rise, we just expect the same hazards that we already experience on the coast to get worse,” Reed said. “So potentially those flooding and erosion events that we already experience will maybe become more frequent will happen more often in the winter or they might become more extreme.”