Jan 312015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Jan. 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: The Portland TV stations sent us another steady stream of visitors yesterday as Valley residents escaped the fog and heeded forecasts of Summer-like conditions on the Central Coast. And, they were right. Sunny skies and temperatures near 60F generated a fair amount of cha-ching in local cash registers. Adding to the impression of a Summer day was a northwest breeze 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the afternoon. The day closed with a stunning sunset as camera shutters clicked away and couples held hands on the beach. Skies stayed clear overnight; winds were light and the mercury dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, it was mostly clear with a bit of patchy fog and a light northeast breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/46F
Depoe Bay: 59F/40F
Newport: 59F/41F
Waldport: 58F/39F
Yachats: 57F/45F

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Forecast: The honeymoon is about over. People hawkish on sunshine have one more day before pluviophiles get their turn. Today is probably the last chance for a while to attack outdoor projects on the Honey Do list. Mostly sunny skies early and WON SUN-CLOUDShighs of 55-60F will give way to increasing clouds through tonight, low around 45F. Rain is on track to develop tomorrow, high 55F. So, between the game and the rain on Sunday, alfresco undertakings will rapidly slide down the priority scale. Outlook is for an overall change to wet and sometimes windy weather for the week ahead. Though right now there aren’t any real barnburners lurking out there, rainfall amounts some days could reach half an inch or better and winds may approach 30-40 mph at times. Temps remain above normal between 45F and 60F throughout the extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and patchy fog early, then mostly sunny, highs 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, gradually becoming mostly sunny and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for spots of ice, patchy freezing fog, mostly sunny skies, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps near 45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning; partly cloudy with the freezing level at 9,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry tonight, and then rain with wet pavement tomorrow and tomorrow night; Cascade snow levels are projected to remain above the passes at 5,500 feet with icy spots possible during the nights and mornings.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 26” less than this date last year; 86% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/1”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/42”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/packed

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Marine: Swells are running 6 feet at 14 seconds this morning with the wind NE 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON MARINE WXYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mainly light nor’easters 5-10 knots with a few gusts to 15 today and seas 5 feet at 13 seconds. Expect an overall change to southerlies for the week ahead beginning tonight with S winds 5-10 knots gusting 15. Tomorrow, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas building to 7 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for a seasonal SW blow on Monday, 25-30 knots, with combined rough seas of 13 feet. A NW breeze on Tuesday, 5-10 knots along with a 9 foot swell, but back to southerlies 15-20 knots on Wednesday, swells around 6 feet. Gales with seas rising to 20 feet are possible toward the end of next week.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/31 Sat 09:21 AM 8.95 H
01/31 Sat 04:25 PM -0.01 L
01/31 Sat 11:06 PM 7.06 H
02/01 Sun 04:08 AM 3.47 L

In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, then wet and windy.

 Posted by at 8:08 AM
Jan 302015
 
Computer Classes at Newport Public Library

Computer Classes at
Newport Public Library

The Newport Public Library will offer the following FREE computer classes during the month of February.

· Making Valentines with “Publisher” software will be offered Friday, February 6 at 9:00AM. This class will show how to select card styles and graphics to make unique, individual cards.
· Introduction to “Evernote” will be taught on Friday, February 13 at 9:00AM. This class shows how to get organized by keeping track of lists, notes, websites, and more. At 10:00AM Introduction to Facebook will be taught. This class covers how to create an account, add friends, “like” pages, and protect your privacy.
· On Tuesday, February 17, Beginning Excel will be taught at 6:30PM. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns. Intermediate Excel will be offered at 7:30PM. This class teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts.
· Beginning Excel will be taught again at on Friday, February 20 at 9:00AM and Intermediate Excel will be offered at 10:00AM.
· A class on Creating Resumes with Word Templates will be taught on Friday, February 27 at 9:00AM. Then at 10:00AM Genealogy Research Using HeritageQuest is offered. This class will teach students to use HeritageQuest to search for U.S. Census records.

All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website, www.NewportLibrary.org.

 Posted by at 11:38 PM
Jan 302015
 
Herbicide and pesticide spraying in Oregon forests. Archive photo

Herbicide and pesticide spraying in Oregon forests.
Archive photo

The EPA says it got tired of waiting for Oregon to take action to clean up its coastal rivers and creeks of pollution, from logging especially, and has declared Oregon, as a state, out of compliance with federal environmental protection laws. And that will likely lead to huge cuts in federal grants and other aid to the state. The EPA points out in their order that out of 22 coastal states in the country, Oregon is the only one not in compliance.

EPA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration last year fired a warning shot across the state’s bow with a similar finding hoping that the state would improve forestry environments as they related to the coast range and urban areas, but apparently they weren’t satisfied with the state’s response. So today, EPA tightened the screws.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

The Daily Astorian also has an article on NOAA’s and EPA’s action. Click here.

 Posted by at 3:41 PM
Jan 302015
 

1:52PM
Traffic crash at 3110 SE Highway 101 – Nelscott. Reports say there are two injuries. Southbound lanes are blocked. Ambulances on their way.

1:58PM
Traffic is being flagged through one way at a time. Take alternative route if you can find one. Sounds like a bad one.

2:13PM
Highway 101 is shut down completely.

2:17PM
Clarification: ODOT not summoned. Just notifying them the highway is shut down.

2:21PM
Traffic is being allowed through again.

Call for photos:
Email to: [email protected]

 Posted by at 1:56 PM
Jan 302015
 

Sea Lion Dock is finally in on the Bayfront

Sea Lion Dock is finally in on the Bayfront

The dock needs some adjustments but it's finally there...

The dock needs some adjustments but it’s finally arrived…
Ed McVea photos

Sea Lion Dock's first customer!

Sea Lion Dock’s first customer!
Greg Henton photo

The long-anticipated reconstructed Sea Lion Docks have finally arrived and have been put in place at Port Dock One on the Bayfront.

Durable floating concrete surfaces have taken the place of wooden ones that never could hold up to the thousand pound weight of some of the pinnipeds that love to lounge and put on a show for delighted tourists as they watch safely from the work dock above.

Sea Lion Dock Foundation board member Bob Ward says the next step will be to construct a tourist viewpoint overlook that will jut out over the water from the main dock structure. It’ll be safer for the tourists and for those who use the dock for servicing fishing boats and for the movement of heavy equipment that occasionally use it.

Ward says they’re still finalizing details on the overlook. He says they’ll have the structure’s support pilings in place by February 15th.

 Posted by at 1:43 PM
Jan 302015
 
Gov. John Kitzhaber says Cylvia Hayes no longer a player in Oregon politics in state matters.

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Cylvia Hayes no longer a player in Oregon politics in state matters.

Saying that the level of controversy surrounding First Lady Cylvia Hayes had become too high profile, Governor Kitzhaber has decided that she will no longer play any political or advisory role to his administration on issues dealing with state business.

Kitzhaber told a packed news conference that other questions dealing with income tax reporting and questions of conflict of interest are being examined.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:12 PM
Jan 302015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Jan. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: Tee shirts in January? Sure, if you live on what we may have to start calling Oregon’s ‘Sunshine Coast.’ Once again, while the Valley was dimmed by white-out fog and chilled with cool, seasonal temperatures yesterday, we basked under sunny skies and thermometer readings near 60F. A few clouds out over the ocean were all that stood in the way of a total blue-out. Skies stayed mainly clear during the evening and the waxing gibbous Moon provided enough light to maneuver outdoors without a flashlight. It was a bit cooler overnight as lows dropped to around 40F. This morning, we had clear skies and a light northeast wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/46F
Depoe Bay: 57F/39F
Newport: 55F/39F
Waldport: 56F/40F
Yachats: 57F/45F

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Forecast: We could almost copy and paste yesterday’s forecast into today’s as sunshine dominates the sky, high temps reach for 55-60F and winds should stay light out of the northeast. Patchy fog but otherwise clear tonight and the mercury slides down WON SUNNYto about 40F. Mostly sunny skies are in the cards for tomorrow, too, with highs again of 55-60F. Outlook is for our Sunshine Coast weather to come to a screeching halt on Sunday when rain returns and continues likely through Monday, followed by a series of mild but wet days through next week. Highs of 55F and lows of 45F are predicted.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, mostly sunny, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting fog early, sunny later and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, blustery east winds gusting 30 mph, temps near 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning; sunny with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry through Saturday, and then rain with wet pavement Sunday and Sunday night; Cascade snow levels are projected to remain above the passes, though icy spots are possible during the nights and mornings.

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Call Craig today at 541-270-4565

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 21” less than this date last year; 86% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent, or total amount of moisture in the snow pack.

NOTE: In the words of the National Weather Service, “The wet weather systems expected next week will be relatively warm, so substantial Cascade snows appear unlikely and will do little to help our pitiful snow pack.” (See Weather Factoid below).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/1”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/42”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/packed

Marine: The breeze is NE this morning, 5-10 knots, and seas are 7 feet at 15 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON MARINE WXYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Look for northerlies rising to 10-15 knots today with 5-6 foot swells at 12 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, NE winds 5-15 knots are expected along with 6 foot seas at 13 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies to begin Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and choppy seas 5-7 feet as a weather front arrives. SW wind Monday, 10-15 knots, the swell builds to around 10 feet. For Tuesday, SE winds 5-10 knots with seas relaxing a little to 8-9 feet.

On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/30 Fri 08:29 AM 8.91 H
01/30 Fri 03:38 PM 0.25 L
01/30 Fri 10:20 PM 6.74 H
01/31 Sat 03:14 AM 3.60 L

In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, fair, then rain.

Weather Factoid: Just how pitiful is the Cascades snow pack, and why should I care? There are two ways to look at the snow pack. One is in inches of snow, but the most important factor is how much water is in that snow (the Snow Water Equivalent). Currently, the Hood-Deschutes Basin snow pack is about 85% below the 30-year average for total moisture accumulation. Unless it catches up, the effects will be wide-ranging this Summer. Drinking water, hydroelectric power generation, agricultural irrigation, fish populations and recreational activities could all be seriously affected. Ski resorts are already struggling; some haven’t even been able to open. Now, whether the cause is global warming or simply a cyclical anomaly doesn’t really matter as we crystal ball the next few months. With long range forecasts continuing to show above average temperatures and below average precipitation, the Summer of 2015 may be a troubling one for all of Oregon, including the Central Coast.

 Posted by at 8:04 AM
Jan 302015
 

Rescue off "Finger Jetty."  Newport Fire Rescue waiting for arrival of Coast Guard Helicopter.

Rescue off “Finger Jetty.” Newport Fire Rescue waiting for arrival of Coast Guard Helicopter.

Coast Guard helo approaches the rescue scene.

Coast Guard helo approaches the rescue scene.
David Applegate photo

Coast Guard Helo on scene as fire-rescue prepare victim for hoist.

Coast Guard Helo on scene as fire-rescue prepare victim for hoist.
Notice fire rescue personnel at end of 2nd jetty.
Pete Zerr photo

Helo hovers overhead, preparing to lower litter. Hailey Dichari photo

Helo hovers overhead, preparing to lower litter.
Hailey Dichari photo

Helo begins lowering the litter down... Hailey Dichari photo

Helo begins lowering the litter down…
Hailey Dichari photo

Litter with injured man inside is slowly raised to Coast Guard Helo

Litter with injured man inside is slowly raised to Coast Guard Helo

Steady as she goes... Hailey Dichari photo

Steady as she goes…
Hailey Dichari photo


Fall victim is lifted off the jetty and lowered down next to an ambulance.

Fall victim is lowered down to an awaiting ambulance. Then transported to PCH
Janet Berg photo

An out of town fishermen learned the hard way where to fish, and where not to fish while visiting the Newport jetties. The fisherman and a companion crawled out onto what is called “The Finger Jetty” just east of the south jetty’s weather station parking lot.

Reports say they got out there and one of them fell 8 to 10 feet down into a hole between two massive boulders and was injured. Newport Fire Rescue got on scene and assessed the danger of them going out with a stretcher and bringing him back to solid ground. In short, they didn’t like the looks of it. Way too dangerous. They were concerned about worsening the man’s injuries if a handler lost his footing while navigating the treacherous boulders. So they called the Coast Guard to see if they could help.

The Coast Guard pulled up with one of their smaller rescue boats but as the guardsmen inched closer-in toward a spot where they might get access to the victim they ran encountered rocks and very shallow water. So they backed off.

As a last resort the Coast Guard called a helicopter in to lift the victim straight up and out of his terrible predicament. He was deposited near an ambulance that quickly took him to PCH. His injuries were not life threatening. But witnesses said he was in a lot of pain.

It’s another clear example of what some folks call “Risky Fishin” – venturing out across small jetties that are extremely dangerous to walk on, especially if you’re not in tip top shape. The victim fell down in between two mountainous boulders which caused his body to twist violently. It took a number of firefighters just to pull him up and out of the hole. After the Coast Guard helo arrived they got him into a Coast Guard litter that was lowered down onto the jetty. Once strapped in, rescuers gave the pilot the thumbs up to raise the litter and gently drag it through the 150 feet of air to Jetty Road and an awaiting ambulance. Within a few minutes he was in the ambulance bound for PCH for an evaluation of his injuries.

Federal agencies have talked for years about possibly closing off access to the series of mini-jetties that jut out toward the main channel along the south jetty. You can see them in the first photo above. Officials say they were not built for fishing and they’re very dangerous – even just to stand on. They say no one should even try to crawl on them, much less fish from them.

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 Posted by at 1:35 AM