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Weather or Not: Major Storm Today

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Apr 072018
 

Rain turning to showers today, 1/2″ to 3/4″ precip, very windy with SSW gusts to 55mph, high 55F, showers tonight, possibly heavy, 3/4″ to 1″ precip, wind gusts 50-55mph, low 45F, showers/breezy tomorrow, high 50F. Outlook: sunny and warm Monday, rain Tuesday-Wednesday, showers Thursday-Friday, highs 50-60F, lows 40-45F.

High Wind Warning in effect for the Central Coast now until 8:00pm this evening. South winds 35-45mph gusting 70mph near beaches and headlands, 60mph in coastal communities, strongest winds between daybreak and early afternoon.

High Surf Advisory in effect for the Central Coast from 4:00pm this afternoon through 1:00pm Sunday. Surf building to 20′ today, then peaking at 25′ this evening before subsiding to 20′ tomorrow. Stay off of beaches, jetties and exposed rocks.

Mariners: Storm Warning in effect for Central Coast waters through this afternoon. SW winds 35-40 knots gusting 50 knots, combined, very rough seas building to 20′ at 11 seconds today, and to near 26′ at 14 seconds tonight.

Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads in the Valley, Gorge and Coast Range w/ a High Wind Warning in effect, south winds 25-35mph, gusting 40-50mph. Winter Storm Warning in effect for the Cascades, 1-2 feet of snow possible in the highway passes through Sunday night.

Oregon Coast Weather or Not….

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Mar 222018
 

The ‘Weather or Not’ Twitter feed keeps you posted on any major weather events, plus you’ll get updated travel info and an abbreviated forecast each morning tailored to the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Summary: Observations

Forecast: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats

Travel: ODOT TripCheck, Activity Planner, Coast Range, Cascades

Marine: Local Waters, Bar Reports

Tides: Tide Tables

The ‘Weather or Not’ Twitter feed keeps you posted on any major weather events, plus you’ll get updated travel info and an abbreviated forecast each morning tailored to the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Clean energy jobs bill discussion

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Jan 292018
 


Community Panel Discussion on the Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Learn how you can support Oregon Climate Legislation (organized by Citizen’s Climate Lobby Newport)

Facilitator:
• Representative David Gomberg
Speakers:
• Representative Ken Helm (Chair of the House Interim Committee on Energy and Environment)
• Shilpa Joshi (Renew Oregon, Coalition Director)
• John Perona (PSU, Professor of Environmental Biochemistry)
• Bill Hall (Lincoln County Commissioner)

January 30th, 2018 – 6:00-7:30PM
Newport Recreational Center
225 Avery Street, Newport

Click here for details

Hydrologic Outlook issued…

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Jan 242018
 

…FLOODING POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND IN NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON…

Another round of heavy rain is expected this weekend, and some rivers could rise above flood stage Saturday night or Sunday. Rivers are already running high from the rain this week, and soils are fully saturated. Rainfall amounts Friday night through Saturday night could be as high as 5 inches in the Coast Range and Cascades and 2 inches for inland valleys.

The details of where and when the heavy rain will occur, and which rivers will be most affected, will be refined through the week. Watches or warnings for specific areas or rivers will be issued if needed.

Monitor weather and river forecasts closely through the week at weather.gov/portland or mobile.weather.gov. If you live in or near a flood-prone location, this is a good time to review your action plans should flooding develop.

Tsunami Watch cancelled…

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Jan 232018
 

…THE TSUNAMI WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST…NORTH OREGON COAST…AND CENTRAL COAST OF OREGON…

A small tsunami was observed Alaska, but this event does not pose a threat to the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.

Once again, the tsunami watch has ended for the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.

This will be the final bulletin issued by the National Weather Service in Portland Oregon.

High Wind Warning issued…

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Jan 232018
 

A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 10:00pm this evening. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. (Gusts to 40 mph are expected in the coastal communities.) Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are possible. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.

High Wind Warning extended…

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Jan 202018
 

The High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast is now in effect from 2:00am Sunday morning through 1:00pm Sunday afternoon. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph along beaches and headlands. Relatively lighter winds, 50 mph or so, are predicted for the coastal communities. The strongest winds are expected Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are expected. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.

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Weather or Not: High Wind Warning

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Jan 202018
 

Saturday, Jan. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers yesterday, continuing through the evening and overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/44F/33mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/22mph/0.59”
Newport: 48F/41F/22mph/0.48”
Waldport: 50F/43F/25mph/0.33”
Yachats: 49F/44F/27mph/0.66”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,500’ & 3,000’, overcast @ 7,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SW 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.15”

The National Weather Service has upgraded the High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from 2:00am to 10:00am Sunday. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. The strongest winds are expected early Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are expected. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.

Forecast: Showers and breezy today, southerly winds gusting 25-30 mph, maybe a quarter inch of precipitation, and a high of 50F. Rain developing tonight, windy with gusts as high as 60 mph, low 45F. Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain tomorrow, sou’westers 30-35 mph gusting 50 in the morning, easing somewhat in the afternoon, high again about 50F. Outlook is for showers Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, showers Thursday, then a chance of showers Friday. Temperatures near normal – highs 50F, lows 45F all week.

wxon-twitterThroughout the stormy season, use Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to get updated regional travel info and immediate notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings affecting the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mostly wet, temps about 35F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-3 inches of snow expected today, carry chains or tractions tires.

* Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet pavement; in the Cascades, snow showers, the snow level remaining below the passes at 2,500 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4:00am tomorrow morning through 6:00pm tomorrow night for up to a foot of snow.

* Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.

Marine: Winds are SW 10-15 knots this morning with steep seas 16-17 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight. A Storm Warning is then in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. Seas remain 16 to 19 feet early this morning, but will subside a little through the rest of the day. However, the next frontal system will move through Central Coast waters late tonight and tomorrow morning. Storm Warning remains in effect with gusts to 55 knots expected as the front moves through. This system will be a fast-mover, with winds decreasing by tomorrow afternoon. Along with winds, seas will build with the front, reaching 20 to 25 feet; dominant wave periods will be only around 12 seconds, making for rather steep seas. Winds ease late Sunday and Monday, but the next disturbance crosses the waters on Tuesday. This will bring a round of gales and seas rebuilding into the upper-teens. The general pattern remains rather active through next week, but confidence remains lower with respect to the timing of the various disturbances. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/20 Sat 7:57 AM 3.41 L
01/20 Sat 1:42 PM 8.23 H
01/20 Sat 8:27 PM 0.18 L
01/21 Sun 3:13 AM 7.71 H

In Short: Showers and breezy, rainy and very windy, then mainly wet and breezy.