Washington Sea Grant, Port Townsend Maritime Center to host king tide-watching party today

PORT TOWNSEND — Each winter, king tides — the highest tides of the year — offer a spectacular shoreside show and a sneak preview of what rising sea levels will mean in years to come.

Washington Sea Grant invites the public for Port Townsend’s first King Tide Viewing Party at 8 a.m. today at the Salmon Club boat ramp next to the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Free snacks and hot beverages will take the edge off the chill, and coastal experts will explain the science of these jumbo tides.

Bridget Trosin, Washington Sea Grant’s coastal policy specialist and the event organizer, explains that “extreme high tides, known as king tides, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters that occur when the moon comes closest to Earth.”

King tides don’t result from climate change, but these high-water events provide a visual glimpse of the future along Puget Sound, as a changing climate causes sea levels to rise.

The public is invited to take part in the King Tides Project and document Washington’s extreme tides by photographing Puget Sound parks, beaches or wetlands when the tide peaks today and upload photos to www.washington.kingtides.net.

More in Entertainment

Diane Urbani de la Paz/for Peninsula Daily News
A runner starts his ascent Friday on the Taylor Street stairs in downtown Port Townsend, where the city's Christmas tree stands ready for lighting at about 4:30 p.m. today. Santa will arrive on the Kiwanis Choo Choo after listening  to the children's requests at Flagship Landing earlier in the day, Caroling with the Wild Rose Choral and ornament-making at the Tyler Street Plazas tent also are planned today.
Holiday preparations in Port Townsend

A runner starts his ascent Friday on the Taylor Street stairs in… Continue reading

Martha Collins jewelry from wood is among pieces on view at Port Townsend Gallery.
Port Townsend hosts Santa Claus carolers, art walk

Activities set from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Story slam set Wednesday

The Church of BuVu and Winter Texts will host… Continue reading

Music, dance, drama, art presented on Peninsula

Entertainment ranges from dance to music to dramatic presentations this week. • The… Continue reading

Twinkle Lights Parade, Festival of Trees offered in Forks

After a two-year break, Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain… Continue reading

Holiday bazaars, activities set for weekend

Holiday bazaars and activities are presented this weekend. Living Nativity SEQUIM —… Continue reading

Ballet Workshop members, from left, Courtney Smith, 18, Amelia Brown, 15, and Daphne Oakes, 14, all of Port Angeles, will be part of the troupe’s seasonal presentation of “The Nutcracker.” (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
‘The Nutcracker’ returns with a young cast and guest performers

Nearly 100 Ballet Workshop students to dance

Steve Hampton of Port Townsend searches for birds in the Salish Sea at Point Wilson Lighthouse on Wednesday. “I just got here and the wind and choppy water don’t make for ideal conditions, but so far I’ve seen rhinoceros auklets and a Pacific loon,” Hampton said. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Bird watcher

Steve Hampton of Port Townsend searches for birds in the Salish Sea… Continue reading

Juan de Fuca Harmony poses for a photograph in 2021.
First Friday Art Walk set for Sequim

A new, blended singing group will sing Christmas songs and… Continue reading

Most Read