February 2024 King Tides coming to San Diego’s coastline

Expect big surf along parts of SD’s coastline the morning of Feb. 9, 2024.

King Tides crash against the Windansea Beach Surf Shack in La Jolla as a rainbow shines over the beach.

This lucky shot was captured at the Windansea Beach Surf Shack in La Jolla during the January 2024 King Tides.

Photo via @erikjepsen

Another round of winter King Tides are expected to return to parts of San Diego’s coastline today — Feb. 9, 2024.

The phenomenon refers to exceptionally high tides linked to the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. According to the California Coastal Commission’s King Tides Project, this should be the final round of extreme tides this winter — following the January 2024 King Tides. Locally, waves could reach up to 7.3 ft.

Here are the predicted high tides, via this map:

  • La Jolla — 8:08 a.m., 6.68 ft
  • Imperial Beach — 8:14 a.m., 6.62 ft
  • San Diego Bay (Broadway) — 8:14 a.m., 7.12 ft
  • San Diego Bay (National City) — 8:18 a.m., 7.31 ft
  • Mission Bay (Quivira Basin) — 8:19 a.m., 6.76 ft

The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement for high surf at San Diego County beaches through 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8; there are no watches or advisories yet for Feb. 9 — but that could change.

Pro tip: If you’re able to safely photograph the waves during the phenomenon, you can participate in the California King Tides ongoing “community science project” by sending your photos to kingtides@coastal.ca.gov. The project helps visualize future sea level by observing and tracking the highest tides of the present.

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