Tides are expected to be four feet lower than normal on Wednesday and Thursday. Last month, Puget Sound had its lowest tide in 13 years.
SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: The above video on Puget Sound is experiencing its lowest tide in more than a decade originally aired June 15, 2022.
If you missed the June low tide for Puget Sound, this week gives you another chance to catch the low tide.
Lower than normal tides are forecast for Puget Sound through Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday will see the lowest tides this week. Tides are expected to be about four feet lower than normal on these days.
Low water plan this week
- Tuesday: 3.49 feet below normal at 10:18 am
- Wednesday: 3.99 feet below normal at 11:06 am
- Thursday: 4.04 feet below normal at 11:55 a.m
- Friday: 3.63 feet below normal at 12:44 p.m
- Saturday: 2.77 feet below normal at 1:32 p.m
On June 15 the high tide was 4.28 feet lower than normal and on June 16 it was 4.11 feet lower than normal. That was the lowest tide in 13 years.
Tides are the rise and fall of the ocean, driven largely by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their relative position on earth. These tides are considered to be very long waves that move across the Earth’s oceans. When the wave reaches its highest point and reaches the shore, it is high tide. When the wave reaches its lowest point and reaches the shore, it is low tide.
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The ebb is expected due to a “wobble” in the Moon’s orbit.
This wobble is known as the lunar node cycle. We are approaching the peak of the lunar node cycle in 2025, which will allow for periodic ebbs and flows, particularly in the summer months.
The below-average tides expose areas and ecosystems normally inundated by the cold, salty waters of Puget Sound, giving people a unique opportunity to explore the tide pools and marine life.
If you want to safely explore the diversity of marine life this week during low tide, you can join the beach naturalists, part of the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist Program.
This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about Puget Sound’s diverse, unique ecosystems while protecting marine life from human interference.
Watch: Drone video of a low tide in West Seattle in 2019
Possible effects of low tide
A Washington State Ferries spokesman said low tide in June can cause problems for boats. Ramps on and off the boats can get “very” steep at low tide, the spokesman said.
Ebb tide can create a problematic situation at several Washington State Ferries docks. RVs, articulated lorries, and those with trailers may face boarding restrictions during extreme low tides.
The impact is particularly strong at the Edmonds Ferry Terminal, which carries the most freight of any other route in the system.
https://www.king5.com/article/weather/puget-sound-extremely-low-tides-this-week/281-dce583fa-c8db-40de-b970-872362bd4c0a Puget Sound will see extremely low tides again this week