Tides in Island County
In general, our area has two high tides, and two low tides per day. Their timing shifts a bit later each day. In the summer, our lowest tides are during the day, in winter they are at night.
You can purchase an inexpensive pocket-sized Tide Guide at most hardware stores in Island County. Look for one with a graphical view of the low and high tides in addition to the tabular listing; it will give you a better understanding of how the tides vary over a month.
NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmosphereic Administration) provides a wealth of information on tides.
Graphical Views of Actual Tide Data (NOAA)
In these graphical views, you can get a vivid view of how high and low tides vary over time. Just set the Begin Date to the first of the month, the End Date to the end of the month, and click on [View Plot] at the bottom of the page.
Graphical/Tabular listings of Tide Predictions (NOAA)Click below to see the graphical predictions. In the new page, click on the 'Annual PDF' box to the right of the graph for a printable view of the entire year's predictions.
Geographic View of Tide Stations
- NOAA map>NOAA Tidal Stations Map
- will show a map of US - click on Washington, then pan/zoom to focus on Island County.
- major stations are shown with red pins, subordination stations in yellow diamonds. Click on a station name in the scrolling list at right, and its location will be highlighted on the map. On the popup you can click on 'Tide Predictions' - a new window will appear with a graphical view. For a pdf of the year's predictions - click on 'Annual PDF' to the right of the graph.
Learning about the tides ...
To learn more about the tides:
Other tide resources
- saltwatertides.com - website shows sunrise/set, moonrise/set and % moon visible.
- TideLog - book with wonderful illustrations.