Biggest bore tide of season expected today

Maximum effect of rare event expected on Tuesday evening.

Anchorage Daily NewsJune 3, 2012 

Turnagain Arm's biggest bore tide of the summer is expected Tuesday south of Anchorage, according to tide tables.

The quick-moving bore tide waves provide surfers with a one-time shot to ride a wave in the narrow arm and sightseers with a chance to see a rare tidal phenomenon.

The exact wave height will depend on how strong and which way the wind is blowing, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The larger-than-average bore tides started Sunday and will last until Thursday.

Smack in the middle of that time frame is the summer's largest bore tide, which is expected to send a wave past Bird Point, on the Seward Highway, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The department and the Alaska Railroad urge tide-watchers to stay away from railroad tracks along Turnagain Arm.

Big bore tides

Turnagain Arm will experience a series of extreme low tides this week, with the biggest bore tide of the year expected Tuesday evening

Estimated time of bore tide at Bird Point:

Monday -3.9 feet 4:43 p.m.

Tuesday -4.1 feet 5:31 p.m.

Wednesday -3.8 feet 6:17 p.m.

Thursday -2.8 feet 7:03 p.m.

Source: Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.

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