Weather or Not: A Dark and Stormy Night

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Feb 132016
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: The unstable atmosphere produced a litany of conditions yesterday as we started out rainy, turned showery, went to sunny and eventually became foggy. Overall precipitation totals came in at about a quarter inch, southerly winds were mostly 10-15 mph and high temps stopped in the mid-50s. Visibility bobbed around between a quarter mile and 5 miles, the thickest fog developed in the early afternoon. Scattered clouds and broken overcast allowed a little starshine overnight and lows slipped into the upper-40s. This morning, clouds were increasing as a front approached and southeast winds blew lightly.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 3,800′, 4,800′, 6,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 6 mph/Pressure: 30.20”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/52F/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 55F/49F/0.17”
Newport: 54F/46F/0.21”
Waldport: 55F/48F/0.34”
Yachats: 54F/50F/0.41”

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Forecast: A dark and stormy night lies ahead. Expect rain to develop by this afternoon and become heavy at times WON WINDY RAINYtonight, filling the rain gauges with up to 1-2 inches. Southerly winds are projected to build to 20-25 mph gusting 35-40, higher along the beaches and headlands. Tomorrow, rain and southwest winds 25 mph or so, high 55F. Outlook is for a chance of rain on President’s Day and Tuesday, rain likely Wednesday, then rain/showers Thursday and Friday. The mercury is predicted to remain in the seasonal range with highs of 50-55F and lows around 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s mostly bare pavement with spots of ice possible on the highways and it’s about 35F in the passes; rain developing and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain by afternoon, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers turning to steady rain, light southwest winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and icy areas this morning, temps around 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow developing today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations through tomorrow, drying on Monday; in the Cascades, 3-7 inches of snow tonight with snow levels well below the passes, then rain Sunday, the snow level rising above the highways to 7,500 feet, a chance of rain on Monday.

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Marine: Southerly winds are 10-15 knots this morning with seas 10-11 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft WON SCAAdvisory for hazardous seas is in effect now through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and seas 12 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 15-20 knots after midnight with seas 12 feet at 13 seconds. SW wind 15 knots gusting 20 is expected tomorrow, swells subsiding to 10 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and seas about 10 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
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* Tides
02/13 Sat 09:54 AM 1.19 L
02/13 Sat 04:04 PM 7.47 H
02/13 Sat 09:52 PM 1.51 L
02/14 Sun 04:29 AM 9.07 H

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In Short: Becoming rainy and windy, brief drying, then unsettled.

 Posted by at 7:16 AM

ODOT bringing a bit of commuter pain before the new stretch of Highway 20 opens to the valley this fall.

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Feb 132016
 
Yellow - new 20 route west of Eddyville.... ODOT photo

Yellow – new 20 route west of Eddyville….
ODOT photo

US-20 CLOSURES THIS SUMMER

The Oregon Dept. of Transportation has announced a series of summer road closures and delays in order to complete the US-20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville bypass Project.

* Currently, single lane restrictions with 20 minute delays are necessary to protect the traveling public because of the logging, clearing and earthwork on and above the highway. These are occurring in the area of milepost 16, during daylight hours on Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. This work is expected to end at the end of February.

* Two-hour day closures in the area are planned from early June to mid-July. These are necessary because drilling and blasting operations will be happening adjacent to the highway. Use Highways 34 and 18 as detours.

* Ten-hour nighttime complete closures are planned to occur from mid-July through the end of October. These are necessary because the drilling, blasting and earthwork operations are above and alongside the highway and it is necessary to give the contractor enough room and time to do this safely. Use Highways 34 and 18 as detours.

* The two-hour daytime closures and ten-hour nighttime closures will not happen at the same time.

This could pose some problems for local businesses dependent on tourist traffic from the valley. The Newport Chamber of Commerce and other groups will be looking to advocate for work only during the evening and have it start after the summer tourist season comes to an end. No word on whether ODOT will even entertain such a schedule change this late in the project’s construction timeline.

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Classic Kerry Terrel sunset

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Feb 122016
 
Sunset off the Waldport Bayshore probably taken from Kerry Terrel's back porch.

Sunset off the Waldport Bayshore probably taken from Kerry Terrel’s back porch.

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Drunk pedestrian walks into the ocean near Waldport and then…

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Feb 122016
 

9:06pm
9-1-1 Dispatch gets a call from someone just south of Waldport saying that a drunk pedestrian walked off into the ocean and hasn’t been seen for two hours. Central Coast, Yachats and Seal Rock Fire-Rescues race to the scene at Patterson Park hoping to find some sign of the person.

9:11pm
While still enroute, a caller to 9-1-1 Dispatch reports that the pedestrian is back on dry land – no longer in the water. He’s fine and back home.

 Posted by at 9:33 PM

Traffic Crash: Highway 20 mile post 20

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Feb 122016
 

1:11pm
Report of a vehicle off Highway 20 near Eddyville – small blue car down a ditch and into a power pole. Emergency responders enroute.

1:26pm
Emergency responders unable to locate any crash in the area.

2:00pm
Emergency responders didn’t find anything resembling the description above. They found a couple of cars with some minor problems but that was about it.

 Posted by at 1:11 PM

101 back open south of Nehalem

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Feb 122016
 

All lanes of U.S. 101 south Nehalem at milepost 45 are open after a fallen tree and powerlines fell onto the pavement.

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Lincoln City: Natural Gas leak at 1649 SE Oar

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Feb 122016
 

12:17pm
Report of a natural gas leak at 1649 SE. Oar. All residents have been evacuated. At least one resident complained of feeling light headed. The gas company and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is enroute.

12:33pm
Appeared to be an electrical wiring problem.

12:34pm
North Lincoln Fire scene command has cleared the residence for re-entry. The occupants are returning inside.

 Posted by at 12:21 PM

Highway 101 closed just south of Nehalem

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Feb 122016
 

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U.S. 101 remains closed just south of Nehalem at milepost 45 in Tillamook County after a tree fell and took down power poles and lines earlier this morning. Traffic is being detoured at the OR 53/U.S. 101 junction. Detour to OR 53 to McDonald Road to North Fork and back to Nehalem Road. Travelers should avoid the area or expect delays.

 Posted by at 9:13 AM

Weather or Not: Presidential Bumbershoots

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Feb 122016
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Feb. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Another semi-wet-and-windy day with under a quarter inch of rain, sou’westers gusting to around 30 mph and yesterday’s high temperature was in the upper-50s. The rain was sporadic and the breeze was fairly light until about midnight when the next front arrived. The heaviest periods of precipitation came in the late morning, mid-afternoon and again early this morning. The mercury hardly moved overnight with lows just a couple of degrees below the highs. At daybreak, haze and low clouds kept visibility below 5 miles and the southwest wind was blowing at 15-25 mph.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 400′
Visibility: 2.5 miles/Wind: SSW 15 G 20 mph/Pressure: 29.99”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/55F/23mph/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 57F/53F/25mph/0.18”
Newport: 57F/54F/29mph/0.22”
Waldport: 58F/53F/29mph/0.21”
Yachats: 59F/55F/36mph/0.19”

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Forecast: If George and Abe were celebrating this holiday weekend with you, they’d need bumbershoots to keep dry. WON WINDY RAINYRain turns to showers today, a little breezy before noon, and thermometer readings about 55F are expected. Showers tonight, low 45-50F. Tomorrow, showers in the morning, rain developing in the afternoon with up to a half inch predicted, and southerly winds gusting 25 mph or so. Outlook is for rain on Sunday, a chance of rain President’s Day through Wednesday, and then back to rain likely Thursday. Seasonal temps are projected as highs reach 55F and lows dip to 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement on the highways and it’s 50F in the passes; rain turning to showers today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain early, showers later, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain/showers, light southwest winds, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, temps around 40F; showers today, the snow level is above the passes at 7,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations, but snow showers in the Cascades tonight through tomorrow night with snow levels below the passes, rising above the highways to 7,500 feet Sunday and Monday.

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Marine: Winds are S 15-20 knots this morning with seas 13-14 feet at 16 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory WON SCAfor hazardous seas is in effect through late tomorrow night. SW winds 10-20 knots today and swells 12 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a SW breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas holding at 12 feet, 16 seconds. Outlook is for a gale tomorrow night as SW winds rise to 20-25 knots gusting 35 and combined seas build to 13 feet at 13 seconds, then southerlies 10-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday, swells subsiding from 10 feet to 8 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/12 Fri 08:56 AM 1.25 L
02/12 Fri 03:04 PM 8.23 H
02/12 Fri 09:05 PM 0.62 L
02/13 Sat 03:41 AM 9.19 H

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In Short: Showers, windy, then continued wet and breezy.

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