The King Tides are back on the West Coast. Our reporter in San Diego was at La Jolla Shores Christmas Morning to capture the action and provided this video.
Scientifically called the Perigean Spring Tide, it occurs several times a year when the moon’s perigee coincides with the Spring Tide — the Earth, moon and sun are perfectly (or near perfectly) aligned. The gravitational pull from the moon and sun will be aligned and have a greater effect on the oceans. We should be treated to the show every morning for the next few days.
There will be flooding in low-lying areas close to the beaches, so take care as you drive through the beach areas. The rip currents are much stronger as well, so if you’re going into the water (and some people were in Friday morning) be careful to stay in areas protected by lifeguards and it is advised to wear a wet suit. Not only is the water on the chilly side (low to mid 60s) the air temperatures are on the chilly side as well: low 60s. There will be strong winds as well, gusting up to 25 mph in some areas.
At 9 a.m. this morning you should see a 6.5 foot high tide at Santa Monica Pier, at Manhattan Beach and Pier it arrives at 9:03 a.m., Malibu at 9:03 am. Venice Beach will see it at 8:58 a.m.
Dana Point in Orange County will get the high tide at 8:54 a.m., Huntington Beach at 8:57 a.m., Seal Beach at 10:01 a.m., the Wedge at 9:02 a.m., and San Clemente at 8:47 a.m.
In San Diego County: Oceanside will be at 8:54 a.m., Carlsbad at 8:55 a.m., La Jolla Shores at 8:55 a.m., Pacific Beach at 8:59 a.m., Ocean Beach at 9:06 a.m. and Coronado/Imperial beaches will see high tide at 9:15 a.m.
Please enjoy the video.
Photos and video by Tim Forkes
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