It must be spring ’cause the spring tides are hitting San Diego next week

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

It must be spring ’cause the spring tides are hitting San Diego next week, and they promise to be pretty good, if not spectacular.

Each day there are two high tides and two low tides. However, not all tides are equal. The highest of the high tides are called king tides, and there will be four days next week, January 10-13, when the king tides are proving their royalty:

  • January 10 — 7.23 feet at 7:12 a.m.
  • January 11 — 7.43 feet at 7:57 a.m.
  • January 12 — 7.41 feet at 8:41 a.m.
  • January 13 — 7.16 feet at 9:23 a.m.

The lowest of the low tides often accompany king tides. And that’s the case here:

  • January 10 — -1.59 feet at 2:16 p.m.
  • January 11 — -1.84 feet at 3:00 p.m.
  • January 12 — -1.83 feet at 3:41 p.m.
  • January 13 — -1.60 feet at 4:22 p.m.

Although I could not find a name for the lowest of the low tides, the combination of the lowest of the low and the highest of the high is called a spring tide (also neap tide).

Spring tides often are distinguished by the tidal range between the lowest low tide and it’s accompanying king tide. The largest tidal range for a spring tide in San Diego is 9.50 feet. We are predicted to fall short, but not by much:

  • January 10 — 8.82 feet
  • January 11 — 9.27 feet
  • January 12 — 9.24 feet
  • January 13 —  8.76 feet

Remember that these are predictions. Who knows what might happen with all this global warming and climate change stuff going on?

Low tides often expose rocky beaches that normally are completely under water….

Low spring tide in La Jolla CA

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

And fun for the family members of all ages exploring ocean wildlife caught in the tide pools….

Tide pools in La Jolla CA

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High tides on the other hand provide a different kind of opportunity—a little danger thrown in for excitement; don’t get washed out to sea.

High tide in Ocean Beach CA

High tide in Ocean Beach CA

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Since king tides often occur during the winter months here in San Diego, the best ones are when they are in combination with a Pineapple Express winter storm as it rolls in from Hawaii and pushes tides even higher.

So…. Any guesses as to where I will be taking pictures and videos next week?

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

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