King Tides Will Disappear Beaches

The extreme high tides this week offer a glimpse into what rising ocean levels could look like in the future.

"High tide" will really live up to its name this week, when the year's biggest tides pound the California coastline.

Beaches will vanish and bay waters will lap inches below the San Francisco International Airport's runway during the King Tide phenomena Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment, according to the California King Tides Initiative, an crowd-sourcing effort to document the high sea levels. The tides happen about once a month, but the larger events typically occur in the winter when there is storm activity. High tides through Friday are the biggest of 2012.

The California King Tides Initiative encourages people to take and send in photos of the high water levels, especially against iconic backdrops such as bridges or seawalls. Researchers can then use the photos to track water levels and changes over time. The Initiative collected photos last winter as well.

The photos provide a sneak peak into what rising sea levels could look like in California, an area that could experience up to a 2-foot increase by 2050, according to the Sea Level Rise Report from the National Academy of Science.

Researchers told the Mercury News the live views of higher sea levels are an educational opportunity for the general public.

"It's not just a model," Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, said in the Mercury News.

The King Tides will hit in the morning and around the noon hour the San Francisco Bay Area.

Location King Tide-
Wednesday King Tide-
King Tide-
Friday Santa Cruz 6.6 ft., 8:24am 6.7 ft., 9:12am 6.5 ft., 10:01am Elkhorn Slough, Railroad Bridge 7.4 ft., 5:31pm 7.4 ft., 6:20pm 7.4 ft., 6:20pm Princeton, Half Moon Bay 6.8 ft., 8:39am 6.8 ft., 8:39am 6.8 ft., 8:39am Point San Bruno 8.23 ft., 10:23am 8.28 ft., 11:12am 8.15 ft., 12:02pm Redwood City 9.57 ft., 10:44am 9.62 ft., 11:35am 9.49 ft, 12:27pm San Mateo Bridge (west end)
9.1 ft., 10:34am 9.1 ft., 11:25am 9.0 ft., 12:16pm Palo Alto Yacht Harbor 9.55 ft., 10:44am 9.62 ft., 11:33am 9.44 ft, 12:23pm Coyote Creek (San Jose)
10.4 ft., 11:00am 10.5 ft., 11:50am 10.3 ft., 12:41pm San Leandro Marina 8.8 ft., 10:37am 8.9 ft., 11:28am 8.7 ft., 12:19pm Hunter's Point (San Francisco) 8.1 ft., 10:12am 8.1 ft., 11.01am 8.0 ft., 11:53am Rincon Point (San Fransisco) 7.52 ft., 10:02am 7.56 ft., 10:52am 7.44 ft., 11:42am Sausalito 6.93 ft., 9:55am 6.96 ft., 10:44am 6.84 ft., 11:34am Petaluma River Entrance 7.56 ft., 11:08am 7.61 ft., 11:57a, 7.47 ft., 12:47pm Sonoma Creek Entrance 6.77 ft., 11:20am 6.82 ft., 12:09pm 6.7 ft., 12:59pm Napa River

8.7 ft., 11:50am

8.76 ft., 12:39pm 8.6 ft., 1:29pm

King Tides also bring extreme low tides, so enjoy afternoons with lots of exposed beach—perfect for tide pooling and beach combing.

To upload photos to the California King Tides Initiative Flickr group, go here. Share you photos on Patch also. Just click the green camera icon below the YouTube video.

carole mason December 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM
do you get it yet? the bias ? to support the private property grab through the golbal warming hoax
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Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
It behooves me to see so many people still in denial about global warming. There still exist a high degree of skepticism among conservatives who know little of the subject and totally ignore the repeated warnings from well over 99% of climatologist and over 90% of all scientist worldwide that Global Warming is real, is happening at a faster rate than earlier estimated, and is predominately caused by excessive green house gases produced by man. Science put man on the moon, rovers on Mars, and are responsible for the development of all our technological wonders. Yet in light of all that science has done in our modern world there still remain people that refuse to believe these great minds. Do these skeptics know something that our scientist don't? Have they more knowledge about this subject than thousands of climatologist worldwide who make it their careers to study climate? Climatologist predict great disasters to come if we do not heed their warnings. It is a great gamble that skeptics are taking by reject these warnings because if more than 99% of climate scientist are correct, a high likelihood, then our children will be faced with droughts, storms, and other weather events which will reek devastation the likes we have never seen or can imagine. These skeptics do not understand the tremendous energy contained in every degree rise in global temperature, equal in energy to hundreds of nuclear weapons going off continuously.
Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
There are hundreds of weather and climate events occurring at an accelerated rate, far greater than in past geological times, short of a disaster such as a striking comet, that give compelling support to climate change caused by man. Ice at the polar caps is melting at record rates. Glaciers are disappearing within our lifetime. Sea levels, global temperatures, and CO2 levels are rising at alarming rates. We are witnessing record droughts, supper storms, gigantic tornadoes, and other weather events more frequently and more devastating than in past history. Extreme weather from record cold spells to record heat waves are being reported every year. The weather is becoming extremely unstable and harder to predict. The totality of these events and trends give great support for global warming. What evidence do skeptics have to support their claim against this scientific and climatic evidence? Skeptics are dead wrong. They are dangerously gambling against a stacked deck. They need to study the issue more carefully and see what the 99% climatologist are saying, not what the less than 1% are denying.
Andrew Peceimer December 12, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Frank I would suggest you check out the following site and if you have time tell us why his position on global warming is wrong. http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/06/global_whining_vs_the_truth.html
carole mason December 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
do us a favor then stop breathing or plant a few trees to use up your CO 2 and give the rest of us oxygen stop driving no heat or ac in your house use cow dung instead of nat gas or oil or coal for your energy forget refrigeration walk or ride a bike everywhere you go maybe al gore will put you up he has lots of room in his mansion thank you for your sacrifice in advance
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
King Tides was never called global warming.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
You really must stop neglecting your meds.
Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
This is a conservative opinion piece, not a scientific study. Not everywhere in the world has yet experienced dramatic changes in weather. Here for instance we have not. Thousands of scientist have studying tens of thousands of areas and records worldwide, many more show climate changes than not, not just a few places to prove a point as in your article. Polar ice core sample have been analyzed going back over 100,000 years showing the anomaly of the last 100 year's CO2 trapped in the ice. In the 1950's almost no scientist believed in climate change. It took six decades to convince almost all scientist today of this fact. Scientist are among the most skeptical people in the world and it take an enormous amount of evidence and peer review to change their minds. But I have learned that you who refuse to believe science cannot be swayed by scientific reasoning even though you use science every day in almost every aspect of life. But if you are wrong and science is right then you will be dead wrong for future generations. The odds are very high that you are dead wrong no matter how much you want to be right.
Andrew Peceimer December 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Gee Frank, You are making many statement about Global Warming. What is your expertise?
Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM
It isn't just the Elite Liberals but more than 90% of scientist and 99% of Climatologist around the world. You might call scientist Elitist but you use things using the principles of science in every aspect of your life. Yet you do not believe in what they say. What does that make you? If you don't want science taught in our schools because it is brain washing then what opposing point of view would you like our children to believe that has more credibility than what you call 'hog wash' science?
Andrew Peceimer December 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Frank, Do you really trust the Father of Global Warming...Al Gore?
Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I have absolutely no expertise on Global Warming. But I do believe in what the preponderance of scientists and climatologists are saying and have been brain washed with enough scientific knowledge to see why they do. So what is your expertise to say that Global Warming and science are hog wash?
Frank Geefay December 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You haven't answered my last question yet. But I'll answer yours. First of all Al Gore is far from the "Father of Global Warming". He is like me, he is no expert on the subject but has great faith in the consensus of science being the opposite of 'hog wash'. He simply has the financial resources and recognition to make a documentary on the subject with a large viewing. Not sure if he deserves a Nobel Price for it because there are many scientist who probably deserve it more. But I will not hold it against him since he brought the subject to your attention. I believe in the scientist whom Al Gore based his documentary upon. So who do you trust as the 'Father' against 'Global Warming' and what is his expertise in making such a claim?
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Well, the climate change denialists have the buzzwords down. Now if they could just articulate coherent thoughts with them, they'll be well on their way to communicating like human beings.
Cathy P. December 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Either way, I'm sure glad I didn't buy that vacation condo at Pajaro Dunes ;)
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Frank Geefay December 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The problem with denialists is that they do not have any authoritative spokesmen who can rebut the huge amount of scientific evidence in support of Global Warming. Their concern is that it will cause a short term drain on our economic prosperity. It is very expensive for industry to reduce greenhouse gases. So they are hoping Global Warming is not real. The problem is that if scientist are right about Global Warming aquaculture, which is very sensitive to climate, will be destroyed resulting in starvation. Global Warming can destroy civilizations by eventually making it too hot for man to exist. This is not a local phenomenon but global in scope, thus the term GLOBAL Warming. The economy will be the least of our worries. The longer we delay addressing it the more dramatic actions in emissions must be taken to reverse it. If we wait too long it will be irreversible. No one knows exactly how close we are to the point of no return. It is actually very scary. I am not an alarmist because this can all possibly happen if we fail to act promptly.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
We know that smaller climate changes that have happened since the last glacial period (the Little Ice Age and the Younger Dryas, for example) have had adverse effects on human populations and, in the case of the Little Ice Age, agricultural production. And those resulted in global temperatures that were less than what's being projected by the end of century at the rate we're going. As for denialists, the best thing we can do is just ignore them and deny them a seat at the table when we (humanity as a collective) gets serious about addressing out carbon output. Seriously, we wouldn't invite a bunch of schizophrenic homeless people to help craft legislation dealing with climate change, and the denialists have about as much to offer in terms of meaningful input on the subject.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 13, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I've actually become more optimist about dealing with climate over the past couple years. A lot of people are starting to realize that it's here, it's affecting us, and we need to change our lifestyles and consumption habits to address it. And people are doing just that. I know quite a few people who have seriously curtailed their meat consumption, their water consumption, and their oil consumption. The great thing about being an American is that we consume and have a higher carbon footprint than any other people on Earth, which makes it so we can make a bigger difference than any other people on Earth. I find that to be a very a hopeful thing, especially as more people begin to acknowledge the need for change.
Frank Geefay December 13, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Good point about our impact relative to the rest of the world. I have also taken measures to minimize my personal carbon footprint and conservation of resources over the last decade or more. The problem is that the number of people who don't so heavily outnumber the few that do. Thus our overall impact is minimal. But our numbers are slowly increasing. There is also inadequate incentives for industries to likewise conserve. Carbon Cap and Trade starts 2013 in California. We will have to wait and see how badly industry abuses this first major attempt to limit our industrial carbon footprint. This is a good start but most likely inadequate to effectively impact Global Warming. We need the entire country to get involved and do even more. That is how bad it has become requiring much more effort to reverse.
Andrew Peceimer December 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Frank, It appears you believe the typical media stuff ( Lies) that Americans are ruining the enviroment and the Polar Bears are all dying. Too bad you do not have any informationto to back up your statements before spewing Hollywoood type propganda. I can not take anyone seriously ( Al Gore) who flyes around on a corporate jets, rides in limos, has multiple homes and wants me to believe that he is only looking to help the enviroment. Al wants us to live by his standards but will not live up to those himself. Also, I have heard that Al has investments in companies that will benefit by the new Gobla Warming taxes. Time to open up your eyes!!!
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The grown-ups are trying to talk, little boy.
Frank Geefay December 13, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Not once did I say that I got my information from the media. However if you don't believe in the media then don't watch any TV or read any newspapers or magazines. You can bury you head in the information sand. Not everything the media says is true but a good portion of it is. I did state repeatedly that there is a preponderance of scholarly information from scientist from famous universities world wide. This is a GLOBAL problem. I can sight hundreds of scientific papers about this subject if you will read them but I'm sure you won't understand them because you must first have a firm understanding of the physical sciences and math. I have also commented on Al Gore whom I do not use as a source. If you don't believe in anyone flying around in corporate jets then don't believe any corporate executives who proclaim that Global Warming is "Hollywoood type propganbda". Now I ask you again what makes you an authority on this subject and where do you get your scientific fact in support your position? I've answered ALL of your questions at length and you have answered None of mine at all. This goes to the credibility of your position. Stop making unsubstantiated statements and start citing some authoritative scientific sources to support your position or state your credentials on being an expert on the subject that goes to your credibility. Otherwise all you have is an unsubstantiated opinion. "Time to open up your eyes!!!"
carole mason December 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Andrew, the indoctrination began in the 60's and continues. They have taken off thier hippie garb, donned suits and began teaching in the universities. The media and education system has gone over to the dark side and not longer encourage and teach independent thinking. Don't waste your breath on this. Just another lost soul. Best in liberty,
Frank Geefay December 14, 2012 at 12:45 AM
What make you believe that many of the smartest and most knowledgeable scientist and people in the world are wrong and you are right? How were hippies indoctrinated since they were rebelling against the the indoctrinated establishment? Weren't they the independent thinkers of their time? How do you know if all these scientists were hippies or not independent thinkers? What do you know that scientists don't? Isn't the end of the world by disaster biblical? Why don't you believe that scientist are predicting the possible end of the world?
Andrew Peceimer December 14, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Frank check out the following site. http://rossputin.com/blog/index.php/has-the-global-warming-lie-been-truly-exposed When narricissit Global Warming supporters like Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Al Franken want us regular people us to live with less while they live the high life I tend to be a non believer. I would never jump on their band wagon like you have and make satements based on one side only. I bet you have never gone on the interent to check the opposing view. I would also bet you voted for prop 30 thinking it would bring in more state revenue, give kids a better education. http://www.examiner.com/article/california-revenue-declines-since-passage-of-prop-30 Please tell me I am wrong.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
"Here's some lunatic's blog that proves my point!" Yeah, that's the best denialists can manage. Better still, they can never explain whatever it is that they think they read in those blogs. They just repeat some buzzwords and cite some evil boogey-men whose names they happened to hear on AM radio.
Frank Geefay December 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM
You can't do any better than giving a link to a blog? When Googling the opposing view I also can not get anything better than blogs and non-scientific opinions. I bet you have never gone on the internet to check pro-Global Warming. You keep on referring to Al Gore, etc. as authoritative representatives of Global Warming but I keep on referring to the scientific community. They are the real authoritative people and do not fly corporate jets. I believe that I requested for scientific fact in support your position? If there is so much support for your views you should have no problems finding scientist to support those views. What has Prop. 30 got to do with this topic? BTW tonight's news had references to King Tides hitting several coastal communities. Good thing there were no major storms nearby or there would have been major flooding and serious damage.
Andrew Peceimer December 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
John, You are back again? The last time your post was removed..Nice to see you not calling names again. Frank, It is clear you just reviewed information from one side to form your opinion. Too bad most people are like you get their information from one side only. Where did you get your information from NBC NEWS that is controlled by GE and wants us to buy their Green products?


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