Continuing Rains and King Tides Jan. 17-24
It wasn’t enough that we’ve welcomed 2023 with a series of atmospheric rivers soaking Sausalito for a not-quite-biblical couple of weeks. Now the other half of our local version of fire and brimstone is arriving in the form of King Tides… and the combination of big rain and high tides produces dangerous flooding that can total cars that seemed to be parked safely.
Even without the rain, tides above the 6.5 feet level — currently expected from Jan. 19-23 bring street flooding in low-lying areas of Sausalito, with the most dramatic spots occurring in the Marinship on Gate 5 Road (picture above). When you add in the rain all that extra water has nowhere to go at high tide, since many drains are already full of salt water. Even on moderate days you can see the tide rising into the street near the Bay in the Marinship.
The King Tides in the coming week look like this, and you can click here for an interactive version of the chart: