Saturday, November 24, 2018

Watching Prince Rupert's King Tide from East to West

I'm Sitting on the dock of the bay, watchin' the tide roll away
Just sitting on the dock of the bay, wastin' time ...
Ottis Redding --1967 

With a week of King Tides ahead for the North Coast, Prince Rupert residents will have a chance to watch the ebb and flow of the harbour often in order to track the event over the next seven days.

We checked out the Saturday King Tide from five vantage points to give you a sample of the nature of the highest of the tides to arrive this week.

The 1:47 PM tide was listed at 7.11 metres or 23.6 feet, low tide tonight will be at 8:24 PM at .36 metres and 1.2 feet.

Saturday's tide arrived at the same time as a strong pacific weather system made its way to the North Coast adding to the water levels and windy conditions for the day.

From East side to West our journey took us to

Seal Cove

Some shots from the King Tide at Seal Cove as the water inches up
towards the shoreline and under the bridge

Rushbrook Floats

The boat ramp photo provides the best indication of the nature of the
rise of the King Tide at Rushbrook

Cow Bay

The inner harbour area of Cow Bay offers up a view
of how high the King Tide reached on Saturday

Rotary Waterfront Park

The Lightering Dock and a view to the east show the scope of the tide

Fairview Bay

The Airport Ferry Boat ramp makes for a level crossing, while the
King Tide come to just under the Upper landing at Fairview Bay Floats

The chart below listing the King and Low tides for Prince Rupert will give you an idea as to when the best viewing time will be through the more moderate tides of next week.

(Click to enlarge)

You can see where we are in the current cycle from this link.

The King Tides come with the Full moon cycle, some notes on the interest that the tides generate around the world can be found below:

What Are King Tides?
King Tide: Vancouver wants your 'sunken city' photos to highlight sea level rise
King Tides Project
The King of Winter, eyes on the Pacific tides this season
The King tide photographs show reality beats hyperbole in climate debate

For more items related to weather events on the North Coast see our archive page here.

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