The highest predicted tide of the year in Olympia -- 16.9 feet -- is scheduled to arrive at 7:47 a.m., Jan. 14, followed by 16.8 feet at 8:23 a.m., Jan. 15, according to the National Weather Service.
The actual tides vary, depending on weather conditions. For example a drop in the barometric pressure can push the water even higher. That was the case last month, when a low pressure system sent the predicted high tide of 16.8 the morning of Dec. 15 up to 17.6 feet, according to Andy Haub, Olympia stormwater supervisor.
The result was flooding in the parking lots around the Olympia Yacht Club, Oyster House and Budd Bay Cafe.
These king tides offer the region a glimpse of the effects of sea level rise from global climate change in the decades ahead.
The state Department of Ecology is asking the public to take photos at high tide, preferably where high tide levels can be guaged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, buildings and bridge supports. Note the time, date and location of the photo, then upload the images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group at www.flickr.com/groups/1611274@22/.
For more on the location and timing of the upcoming high tides, visit www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange.ipa_hightide_map.htm.