Washington's "King" Waves Looked Like A Mountain Of Water Slamming Shores (PHOTOS)
The Evergreen State's waters might be freezing cold but if you thought its coasts don't get a lot of action, you're mistaken. The king tides in Washington state are some of the most dramatic especially if you witnessed them this past weekend. At certain times throughout the year, the water resembles a mountain of waves crashing onto the shores and we've got the photos to prove it.
This phenomenon occurs when the moon or sun is closest to the Earth. It's also a pretty popular time for storm-chasers and photographers to get out and catch the sight on film, despite the raging rains.
Last week, these gigantic ripples were spotted in southwest Washington regions like Cape Disappointment, and along Oregon's coasts like Cannon Beach.
Thanks to shutterbugs that braved the weather, we were able to get a good look at this astronomical event. According to The Oregonian, they even reached a height of 30 feet!
In some of the snaps posted to Instagram, like the picture below, you can see just how big these got in scale with Cape Disappointment's 53-foot, towering lighthouse.
Where and when you can see them depends on the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest's rocky coasts and Puget Sound regions.
If you missed spotting the waves, you can still see some of them this week through January 15 at seaside spots like Bellingham, Shelton, Dungeness, Ilwaco, Port Townsend, Seattle, and Olympia.
You can check the tide calendar for more details on when and where to spot them next.
Washington even has a King Tides program that invites people to visit the shores during one of these high-water events and snap pics.
While it might be something to check off your bucket list and make your camera lens happy, the power of the waves is also a humbling experience.
These shots are to help scientists and decision-makers understand how these spots are threatened by sea-level rise, thanks to the "hottest" threat we now face, global warming.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.