Photographers gathered near Waikiki Beach

Spectators gathered near Waikiki Beach last January to watch big waves generated by a king tide crash into the rocks below Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

LONG BEACH — Washington’s winter “king tides” begin Friday, Nov. 13. These natural spectacles attract crowds to watch towering surf pound against the peninsula southern cliffs and flood inland along beach access approaches.

The year’s maximum tides are still about a month away in mid-December. Storms out in the ocean and other factors sometimes add to the height of the surf. Monitor for surf warnings.

Plenty of caution is warranted. Rushing waters can pull the unwary out to sea and dislodge large woody debris. Stay well away from logs that can be picked up by the surf and flipped over onto nearby pedestrians.

These king tides occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational pull reinforce one another. King tides offer a glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect the state’s coastal areas.

Along Washington’s outer coast at Cape Disappointment, king tides will occur:

Nov. 13 10:48 a.m. 9.13

Nov. 14 11:28 a.m. 9.61

Nov. 15 12:09 p.m. 9.89

Nov. 16 12:51 p.m. 9.92

Nov. 17 1:35 p.m. 9.69

Nov. 18 2:21 p.m. 9.22

Dec. 11 9:31 a.m. 9.16

Dec. 12 10:15 a.m. 9.67

Dec. 13 11 a.m. 10.03

Dec. 14 11:45 a.m. 10.21

Dec. 15 12:31 p.m. 10.16

Dec. 16 1:17 p.m. 9.87

Dec. 17 2:04 p.m. 9.36

Jan. 9 8:55 a.m. 9.21

Jan. 10 9:48 a.m. 9.55

Jan. 11 10:40 a.m. 9.80

Jan. 12 11:30 a.m. 9.92

Jan. 13 12:19 p.m. 9.86

Jan. 14 1:06 p.m. 9.59

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