The City of Arcata encourages community members to use caution when observing the King Tides occurring on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9.
Watching the King Tides in action is thrilling, but observing them can be dangerous. Here are some tips on how to safely observe the King Tides:
1. Pick a safe place. Visit cityofarcata.org or stop by the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, located at 569 South G Street, to find a King Tide Guide that lists 15 safe King Tide observation locations in Arcata.
2. Do not go out alone. There are several King Tide events happening throughout Humboldt County. In Arcata, head to the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center for “Science at the Marsh” on Sunday, February 9 from 9:45 to 11 AM. Attendees will enjoy light refreshments while Humboldt State University Oceanographers, Dr. Jeffrey Abell, Dr. Tamara Barriquand and Daniel O’Shea, discuss King Tides, climate change and sea level rise. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe and photo-document the King Tides as they are approaching their peak in a safe environment. This event is free and open to the public.
3. Get elevated. Those who choose to check out the King Tides at local beaches are advised to observe them from higher ground. Select an elevated viewpoint, like a cliff with an established safety barricade to watch the tides.
4. Pay attention. Heed all warnings to stay off the beach. Do not cross barricades or fences. Community members are advised to consider their safety before heading out close to the waves. Those who choose to observe the King Tides at the edge of the surf are encouraged to watch how far the waves are coming in and how volatile the ocean is before setting foot on the beach. When approaching the beach, get there using a route that is easy to retrace in case of an emergency. Avoid jetties, rocks, logs and other slippery surfaces.
5. Always keep an eye on the ocean. When on the beach, always keep a safe distance from the waves. If a piece of land is dry, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. Walk diagonally on the beach so waves coming in from behind can be seen, and be ready to act fast as waves can come in rapidly and those in their path must react quickly. Community members with slower response times are advised not to venture close to the waves.
For more information about King Tides in Arcata and the upcoming “Science at the Marsh” event, please click here or call 707-822-5955.