High tides, when combined with blustery winds and winter rains, make for amazing storm watching which draws many visitors to the Oregon coast.
In simplest terms, higher-than-normal tides or “King” tides typically occur during a new or full moon when the Earth, sun, and moon are nearly in alignment
Looking ahead, King Tides are expected on the Northern Oregon coast on December 13-15, January 11-13, and February 8-10.
While beautiful, Oregon’s coastline can be dangerous. It’s a great idea to check tide times and follow common sense recommendations to stay safe.
How to Watch King Tides
Outdoors, in Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park provides an exhilarating viewpoint. Up nice and high, you can watch the drama of crashing waves. King tides are something special to behold.
If you are at sea level, it’s wise to stay back.
King tides can push waves 100 feet or more above normal watermarks and flooding can occur.
Never turn your back on the ocean and watch for deadly sneaker waves that surge further up the beach than expected.
Keep away from logs on the beach or in the surf that can be easily tossed your way.
Of course, another great way to enjoy Mother Nature’s grandeur is from a lovely oceanfront room at Tolovana Inn.
From a private balcony, you can experience a front-row view of the powerful Pacific Ocean.