Head outdoors this holiday season to witness king tides and help build a picture of the future

The MyCoast app allows you to instantly share photos of the season’s biggest tides

Submitted by SeaGrant.

King tides, the annual extreme-high tides that occur whenever the moon is closest to Earth, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters — and offer a glimpse of what our future in Western Washington may look like as sea levels rise. This holiday season provides a great opportunity for people to capture these extreme tides and help scientists assemble a preview of shorelines to come. You can find the date and time of the next king tide nearest you by visiting the Washington Sea Great king tides calendar at https://wsg.washington.edu/community-outreach/hazard-resilience-and-climate-adaptation-old/king-tides/calendar/.

It’s simple to get involved during the 2020-2021 Washington king tides season and raise awareness about rising seas, particularly through the MyCoast app that was developed for statewide use. Download the MyCoast app on your smartphone and upload your king tide photographs from any king tide events around the state. Visit https://mycoast.org/wa for more information.

Your photos will help scientists, managers, planners and your own community visualize the changes coming to coastal regions around Western Washington. To find out how much sea levels could rise in your community, check the most current sea-level rise projections, which can be viewed at http://wacoastalnetwork.com/chrn/research/sea-level-rise/.

The next king tides are coming in mid-December and January. Keep your phone or camera ready. Please just remember to stay safe by watching out for waves and slippery surfaces!

The King Tides program is a partnership between the Washington Sea Grant and the Washington Department of Ecology.