Monday, July 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Full-on sunshine was the order of the day on Sunday; the mercury rose into the mid-60s range with Lincoln City over the top at 71F. Northwest winds blew 15-25 mph gusting near 30 from noon into the evening hours. A gust of 34 mph was recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge for the highest in the area. Skies were clear overnight though fog developed along the immediate coastline around 5:00am; lows dropped to about 50F. This morning, the fog lingered but there was lots of blue above and a light northwest wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 71F/54F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 64F/52F/24mph
Forecast: Get your rubber stamp out and imprint the rest of the days on the calendar this week with smiley-face suns. No serious changes are looming. Outlook from today through the coming weekend is patchy fog, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights/mornings, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F, and northwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25-30 in the afternoons and evenings with light breezes overnight.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny, chance of thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet.
Marine: It’s foggy just off the beach with light winds, but offshore a ways the NW breeze is 15-20 knots and seas are 5 feet at 7 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. We’re in a stable weather pattern with little variance predicted. Outlook for today through Friday is northerlies 15-20 knots gusting to 25-30 in the afternoons and evenings, windwaves 5 feet atop 4-5 foot swells, and fog in the mornings close to shore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, windy this afternoon, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the coast to cool off; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/28 Mon 07:58 AM -0.29 L
07/28 Mon 02:34 PM 7.25 H
07/28 Mon 08:00 PM 2.58 L
07/29 Tue 01:52 AM 7.97 H
In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, breezy, then repeat.Share on Facebook
The die-off of one of the most popular creatures that children like to see at the seashore, starfish, is still grinding on. But marine scientists still don’t have a firm handle on what’s causing it. But it appears that they might be getting there.
In an article published by a Hatfield Marine Science Center blog, the starfish die off may have been caused by a “one-two” punch from higher ocean water temperatures coupled with a commensurate rise in ocean acidity. Both higher acid and temperature levels are produced by human industrialization with its growing levels of greenhouse gases which are being absorbed by air the oceans of the world.
During a recent Hatfield Marine Science Center symposium, a gathering of marine biologists brought together information from lab testing and lots of fieldwork. They produced a consensus that although the suspicion might still focus on viruses and bacteria, they asked the question: What opened the door for them to get inside the starfish?
OSU Researcher Bruce Menge said rising ocean temperatures can lead to many oceanographic changes, among them higher acid levels in ocean waters which the west coast of the U.S. and many other countries are currently suffering. Oregon oysters have already begun showing the deteriorating effects of higher acid levels as they trying fruitlessly grow their shells off the Oregon Coast. Greenhouse gases absorbed by the oceans become a carbonate, which dissolves the calcium in developing shellfish.
In the same manner, starfish could be suffering from the deterioration of their outer layers which would make them struggle to maintain the proper balance of salt water in their bodies. As their outer layers fall away the (higher) acidic water could be attacking the starfish’s skeleton.
Another theory is that warming ocean water, with it’s higher acid levels, are severely stressing the starfish, causing their immune systems to weaken which invites harmful bacteria and viruses to do their worst.
Further studies on these and other variables are already underway. Scientists hope to report more progress in their pursuit of a cause, or set of causes, of the biggest starfish dieoff in modern history.
Starfish are a prime predator in intertidal areas along the coast. Starfish feed on sea urchins which generally feed on kelp. Without starfish, the population of sea urchins would dramatically increase, thereby increasing predation on kelp. Kelp is a primary source of refuge for fish as well as for sea lions and sea otters which are hunted by sharks and orcas. With a dwindling “forest of kelp,” the ecological balance of the near shore areas would likely be severely disrupted, say scientists.Share on Facebook
August 8 to September 8
LINCOLN CITY- Starting August 8th, the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center will host a very special exhibition of the renowned art group called “The Casbah”. This group of artists and writers have been putting on fantastic shows for the last few decades. They have a unique combination of visual arts mixed with spoken arts and are sure to be a feast for your eyes and your ears! The opening reception is on Friday, Aug. 8th, from 5-7pm and there will be wine and refreshments as well as poetry readings! The show will run from August 8th to September 8th in the Chessman Gallery.
The Casbah is a group of central Oregon coast artists who have a long history of putting on art shows that fill the senses, by engaging the viewer with visual arts, as well as music, poetry and theater. This group was one of the 1st artist groups to exhibit with the 4C’s as the Cultural Center was first being developed. The artists of this group work in a variety of media such as drawing, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, furniture design, pottery and photography. A number of “non visual” artists are also members and will be doing poetry and readings at the opening reception.
For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to
lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
Theatre West presents Murder Is A Game, a Comedy Farce by Fred Carmichael.
Theatre West presents Murder Is A Game, a Comedy Farce by Fred Carmichael.
The play runs through August 30th.
Laughter, suspense, intriguing characters, sparkling dialogue, plot twists and irresistible mystery are all here. A successful, married mystery writing team has dried up, so their publisher gives them an anniversary present of a weekend in an old mansion built for a movie set and peoples it with hired characters unknown to each other to act out a murder plot. The couple, Sloan and Toby Bigelow, delight in the game and solve the fake murder but then there is a real murder and further hilarious plot twists. The actors all have delightful opportunities to act as imaginary people and then themselves during this sophisticated, laugh filled mystery evening.
Murder is a Game will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 P.M through August 30th. On Sunday, A matinee will be performed Sunday, August 17th at 2:00 P.M. with doors opening at 1:30 P.M.
On regular performance days, the box office is open at 2:00 P.M. The doors open at 7:30 P.M. and the curtain goes up promptly at 8:00 P.M. Advance reservations for all performances are recommended and can be made by calling (541) 994-5663. Please leave a message and someone will call you back.
Theatre West is located in Lincoln City at SE 35th and 101. Tickets for the show are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (over 12) and $8.00 for children 12 & under. A special group discount is available at $9.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation.
Theatre West is a non-profit organization. Their website is at www.theatrewest.com. You will also find Theatre West of Lincoln City on Facebook.Share on Facebook
1:56pm Boat fire at the dock behind 1510 Lake Drive. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.
2:05pm Arriving firefighters say it’s an active fire. Hydrant right at the street.
2:07pm Getting water on the fire.
2:11pm Asking assistance from the Coast Guard for debris/hazardous materials containment in the lake.
2:12pm Fire Command says the fire is knocked down.Share on Facebook