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.
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)
- for a printable view of the predictions for the current year, click on the ‘Annual PDF’ box to the right of the graphical display.
Geographic View of Tide Stations
- NOAA Tidal Stations Map
- will show a map of US – click on Washington, then pan/zoom to focus on Island County.
- major stations like Seattle and Port Townsend are shown with red pins, subordinate stations like Stanwood or Sunset Beach are shown 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.
- Hint: you must be zoomed into Island County for all of its stations to appear in the scrolling list to the right.
Other Tide Resources
- Paper Tide Guides – 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 – Tides and Water Level
- saltwatertides.com – website shows sunrise/set, moonrise/set and % moon visible.
- TideLog – book with wonderful illustrations.