Tuesday, October 27, 2015

King Tides Along The Oregon Coast


Water flooding the dunes behind the South Jetty

Today was the first day this month of what is known as the king tides.  Wikipedia defines the king tides as follows:  “a colloquial term for an especially high tide …… "King tide" is not a scientific term ….. Use of the term "king tide" originated in Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific nations to refer to an especially high tide that occurs only a few times per year. The term has now come to be used in British Columbia and the United States as well.”

The skies were overcast the majority of the day but I wanted to witness the flooding caused by the high tide.  On a typical day, you could walk across the area shown in the picture and keep your feet warm and dry.  This afternoon, the amount of area inundated by the high water was staggering.