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King tides to perform this week



by Abby Acone, Meterologist | KOMO News

King tides to perform this week (PHOTO: KOMO-News)

The so-called "King Tides" occurred in western Washington today. It comes after the Super Wolf Moon Sunday night.

This week you can see the King's Flood along the beaches of Puget Sound. However, we currently do not expect any additional floods on the coast. That's because the pressure in our atmosphere is increasing.

The term "royal flood" is not scientific. It is more of a colloquial name for these higher tides. They happen a few times a year. The tides of the king are formed when the gravity of the moon causes these tides, and since we know the lane and the speed of the earth and the moon relative to each other, tides are predictable.

The moon has a greater influence on the tides than the sun. But also the attraction of the sun can play a role. Because of this tidal force, the waters of the earth bulge on the side closest to the moon and furthest away, creating this flood. In January, the earth is closest to the sun. This is called perihelion and can also increase the tide.

This week we not only played the moon and the sun in our tides, yesterday we had an offshore pressure. That increased these tides.

The next few days in areas like Seattle, Olympia and Shelton could see the tide of the king up to 13 feet.


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