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National Public Lands Day, Saturday 9/22

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Sep 212018
 

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Newport, Oregon
September 22nd, 2018

Come lend a hand with Volunteer Service Projects:
Working in the Historic Keepers Garden 11 am – 12 pm
Beach Clean-up at Cobble Beach 12 pm – 1pm
Invasive Species removal 1 pm – 2 pm
European Beach Grass Removal and Beach Clean-up at Quarry Cove 2 pm – 3pm

Free Entrance into Yaquina Head. Every Volunteer will receive a T-Shirt and a coupon for free entrance to one Federal park. Sign up at the Interpretive Center. Tools and gloves provided.

Thank you for helping to take care of your public lands.

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.

Click here for more info

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.

Weather or Not: Surf to Subside, Wind to Rise

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Jan 192018
 

Friday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, lightning, thunder and hail yesterday, continuing overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/44F/32mph/0.90”
Depoe Bay: 52F/41F/33mph/0.47”
Newport: 50F/41F/35mph/1.20”
Waldport: 53F/43F/32mph/0.88”
Yachats: 52F/44F/31mph/1.10”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400’, broken @ 2,300’, overcast @ 3,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 11 mph/Altimeter: 29.96”

A High Surf Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast is in effect until 3:00pm this afternoon. Breaking waves will continue to run-up beaches much higher than normal. Waves will likely break over jetties much closer to shore than usual. Large driftwood logs can easily be carried by the high surf. Injuries or death are possible to those near or on the logs. Large ocean swells around 21 to 23 feet will continue, subsiding below 20 feet this afternoon. The threat of coastal flooding and significant beach erosion has ended.

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. It can be very dangerous to venture near the coast under high surf conditions. People at times are swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Stay well back from the water’s edge and be alert for the exceptionally high waves.

A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts 55-65 mph. Strongest winds are expected early Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are possible.

A High Wind Watch means hazardous high wind conditions are favorable in and close to the watch area in the next 12 to 48 hours.

Forecast: So, it looks like we’ll be trading-in high surf for high winds. Showers continue today through tomorrow, producing up to another inch and a half inch of rain, sou’westers gusting 20-25 mph, high temps in the upper-40s and a low in the low-40s. Outlook is for rainy and windy Sunday, showers Monday, rain again Tuesday, then showers Wednesday and Thursday. The mercury should be near average with highs of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F during the extended period.

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 wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-4 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 with several inches of snow accumulation possible on the highways through Sunday night, the snow level remaining below the passes at 2,500 feet.

* 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 S 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 17-18 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and seas is in effect through Saturday afternoon. A Storm Watch has been posted for Saturday evening though Sunday morning. Low pressure north of the area weakens today and tonight. Another low-pressure system approaches from the northwest Saturday morning, and will bring a frontal system across Central Coast waters late Saturday night through Sunday morning. Weak high pressure arrives Monday before the next low moves near or across local waters Monday night and Tuesday. Expect seas to peak around 24 feet Sunday morning; they will be choppier this round with dominant wave periods expected to be around 12 seconds. Seas will subside to below 20 feet Sunday afternoon, and gradually subside to around 12 feet Monday night. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

Notice to Mariners… Dredging will begin January 24th lasting through January 31st in Yaquina Bay’s South Beach Marina Entrance and Access Channel. The dredge m/v Renegade and assist vessel m/v Buccaneer will be performing the work; both can be reached on VHF Channels 13, 16 and 79.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 21-23 feet (very high).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tide this afternoon. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/19 Fri 7:16 AM 3.51 L
01/19 Fri 1:03 PM 8.60 H
01/19 Fri 7:54 PM -0.13 L
01/20 Sat 2:39 AM 7.61 H

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

Surf warning upgraded – 50-60 foot waves possible

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Jan 182018
 

The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect until midnight tonight, has been updated. Even higher surf is possible than originally predicted. Ocean water will rush much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will be inundated by waves and damaged by debris. Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. Several state parks have been closed as of this afternoon. Large logs can be pushed farther up beaches, resulting in damage to structures and posing a significant risk to beach-goers. Beach erosion is possible.

Offshore buoys reported significant ocean swell heights up to 36 feet this morning with a dominant wave period of 17 seconds. Significant wave heights early this afternoon were still near 30 feet. The swell will slowly subside late this afternoon through tonight, but remain above 25 feet through late evening. The swell will produce 35 to 45 foot breaking waves along the beaches through this evening. Highest potential wave heights through this evening could reach 50 to 60 feet.

The extremely large surf combined with a higher than normal tide this afternoon will likely result in flooding of low-lying areas along the coast. Locations particularly vulnerable are the Willapa Bay and vicinity, Seaside, Nehalem, Tillamook and Florence. Early this afternoon tidal flooding was noted in Nehalem.

A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water. Exercise extreme caution along and near beaches.

Weather or Not: Dangerous Beaches/Thunderstorms

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Jan 182018
 

Thursday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy AM, rainy/windy PM yesterday; showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/51F/54mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 65F/50F/43mph/0.45”
Newport: 63F/45F/51mph/0.52”
Waldport: 65F/50F/47mph/0.45”
Yachats: 63F/49F/46mph/0.52”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,500’, broken @ 4,500’, overcast @ 5,500’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 16 mph G38/Altimeter: 29.91”

The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect until midnight tonight. Ocean water will rush much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will likely be inundated by waves and damaged by debris. Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. Beach erosion is possible.

* Offshore buoys reported ocean swell heights between 34 and 37 feet with a dominant wave period of 17 seconds early this morning. The swell will slowly subside today, but remain above 25 feet through this afternoon. This swell will produce 35 to 45 foot breaking waves along the beaches through tonight.

* The extremely large surf combined with a higher than normal tide this afternoon will likely result in flooding of low lying areas along the coast. Locations particularly vulnerable are Willapa Bay and vicinity, Seaside, Nehalem, Tillamook and Florence.

* High tide is forecast to be 10.0 to 11.5 feet between noon and 2:00pm today.

* A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water.

Forecast: As if the dangerous surf isn’t enough to deal with, be prepared for thunderstorms today. There was already a lightning strike very close to Newport about 6:45am this morning, and more may be on the way. Otherwise, showers, southwest winds gusting 30-40 mph and a high this afternoon of 50F. Showers continue tonight, a chance of additional thunderstorms, low 45F. Tomorrow, showers, cooler, high in the upper-40s. Outlook is for showers likely Saturday, rainy and breezy Sunday, showers Monday, rain Tuesday, and showers again on Wednesday. Temperatures should be about normal for mid-January with highs near 50F and lows around 45F.

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 wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 45-50F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 30-32F, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,500 feet, 3-6 inches of snow expected, carry chains or tractions tires. * 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 S 20-30 knots gusting 35 this morning with huge seas 29-30 feet at 19 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. There are multiple marine hazards today as a low-pressure system remains just offshore of the British Columbia coast and a series of upper level shortwaves move over the region. Expect gales, extremely large seas, and thunderstorms. Buoy 89, which is around 90 miles offshore, peaked at 37 feet at 17 seconds around midnight last night. The seas will subside to 20-25 feet tonight, then below 20 feet by Friday afternoon. Gales should end to the south this afternoon and to the north in the evening. Small Craft Advisory winds will follow the Gales and persist through late Friday night. Another strong front is expected late in the weekend. Gales are expected Saturday night. Forecast models hint of possible storm force gusts with the frontal passage Sunday morning. Seas will likely exceed 20 feet for a brief period on Sunday. Yet another front is likely on Tuesday with more Gales and 20+ foot seas. * 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, possible thunderstorms, breezy, surf 35-45 feet (extreme).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tide around midday. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/18 Thu 6:37 AM 3.61 L
01/18 Thu 12:27 PM 8.85 H (expect higher than predictions)
01/18 Thu 7:21 PM -0.31 L
01/19 Fri 2:06 AM 7.51 H

In Short: Showers, thunderstorms and breezy, then mainly wet and sometimes windy.

Weather or Not: Significant Surf/Beach Erosion

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Jan 172018
 

Wednesday, Jan. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy, a few sunbreaks yesterday; mixed skies overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/48F/16mph/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/47F/22mph/0.01”
Newport: 55F/45F/17mph/~0.01”
Waldport: 61F/50F/24mph/0.01”
Yachats: 59F/50F/23mph/~0.01”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 6 mph/Altimeter: 29.97”

The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect from midnight tonight until midnight Thursday. A 27-32 foot swell train will reach the coast late tonight and peak around mid-day Thursday close to high tide (9.5-10.5 feet between noon and 2:00pm). This event appears to be similar to, or slightly stronger, than the December 2015 event where waves ran much higher on the beaches and impacted numerous low-lying structures adjacent to beaches and harbors. The unusually large westerly swell, with a dominant period of 17-19 seconds, will also create immense sneakers waves.

* Breaking waves of 35-45 feet running parallel to the coastline will send water much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will potentially be flooded or impacted by debris. Many cove access beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water.

* Higher than normal tides and large seas will likely result in beach erosion and some flooding of low-lying locations along the coast tonight and tomorrow.

* Tidal overflow flooding of inland areas is possible but low river flows may limit impacts.

* A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water.

Forecast: In addition to a wild and wooly ocean, we’re expecting some serious rainfall and strong winds ashore, too. Rain today, up to half an inch, south winds gusting to 50 mph and a high of 55-60F. The rain continues tonight, another half inch or better, sou’westers 20-30 mph gusting 45, and a low in the upper-40s. Tomorrow, showers and possible thunderstorms, an easing breeze and cooler, high about 50F. Outlook is for showers Thursday and Friday, rainy and breezy over the weekend, showers Monday, then a chance of rain Tuesday. The thermometer is projected to be in the normal range all week with highs in the upper-40s and lows in the low 40s.

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 dry, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F, east winds gusting 35-40 mph. For the Cascades, highways are bare, 35-40F, the free air freezing level is at 8,000 feet. * 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 ESE 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing 20-25 knots gusting 30 at Stonewall Bank with rough seas 11-12 feet at 12 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. A strong cold front crosses Central Coast waters late today, which will result in storm force wind gusts of 45-50 knots this afternoon through this evening. The strong low will also generate very high seas 30-35 feet late tonight through Thursday. The active pattern continues into the weekend with combined seas in the upper-teens to lower-20s through at least Sunday morning. * 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… Rain, strong winds, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* NOTE: Surf will be building to extreme proportions tonight and tomorrow (see Coastal Flood Warning above).
* Tides
01/17 Wed 11:51 AM 8.98 H
01/17 Wed 6:49 PM -0.38 L
01/18 Thu 1:34 AM 7.42 H
01/18 Thu 6:37 AM 3.61 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers and breezy, then more steady rain.

Weather or Not: Keep Your Raingear Handy

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Jan 162018
 

Tuesday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mainly cloudy yesterday; rain and breezy evening and overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/22mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 63F/47F/27mph/0.23”
Newport: 59F/46F/30mph/0.51”
Waldport: 61F/49F/29mph/0.29”
Yachats: 60F/49F/35mph/0.39”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,600’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 7 mph/Altimeter: 30.19”

Forecast: Except for a few short breaks, we’re in for a wet week. Mixed skies with a chance of showers today, southerly winds gusting 25 mph and highs of 50-55F. A slight chance of rain tonight, low 45-50F. Rainy and breezy tomorrow, top temp near 60F. Outlook is for stormy conditions tomorrow night with sou’westers gusting to 50 mph and up to three quarters of an inch of rain, showers Thursday and Friday, rain Saturday and Sunday, showers on Monday. The mercury should hang around seasonal levels as highs come in about 50F and lows dip into the low-40s.

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 wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 30-35F, the snow level is at 4,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires. * 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 S 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with rough seas 12 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight. A Gale Warning is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. A relative break in the winds today. A surface low moves north along 145W tomorrow to near Haida Gwaii by midnight. It will send a strong cold front across the area tomorrow likely producing strong gales into Thursday, with possible storm force winds mainly beyond 20 miles from shore Wednesday afternoon. The strong low will also generate very high seas around 30 feet late Wednesday night through Thursday. The active pattern continues with combined seas in the upper-teens to lower-20s through the weekend. * 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
01/16 Tue 11:15 AM 9.02 H
01/16 Tue 6:16 PM -0.34 L
01/17 Wed 1:02 AM 7.30 H
01/17 Wed 5:59 AM 3.70 L

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

Weather or Not: The Bell Rang

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Jan 152018
 

Monday, Jan. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: Fair skies and east winds yesterday; increasing clouds overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/50F/16mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 65F/47F/23mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/48F/24mph/0.00”
Waldport: 67F/50F/17mph/0.00”
Yachats: 65F/49F/24mph/0.00”

Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Astoria 61F, previous 59F in 1981
Hillsboro 59F, previous 58F in 2011
Salem 60F, previous 59F in 2011

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 18 mph G24/Altimeter: 30.06”

Forecast: It was plenty warm along the Central Coast yesterday, albeit none of our communities set new temperature records. And, as if the bell rang to end recess, today’s going to be cooler, high 55F, and the chance of rain will be steadily increasing. Rain tonight, southerly winds gusting 30 mph, low of 45F. Tomorrow, showers, breezy, high in the low-50s. Outlook is for rainy and windy Wednesday, showers Thursday and Friday, rain again Saturday and Sunday. The thermometer drops to seasonal levels with highs in the upper-40s and lows in the low-40s.

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 dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, there’s a Dense Fog Advisory in effect from Albany south to Eugene, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, east winds gusting 35-45 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly dry but with some spots of ice, 35-40F, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for wet highways by tonight, the Cascades snow level remaining above the passes.

* 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 E 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 12-13 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and seas is in effect through late tonight nearshore. A Gale Warning is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore through this evening. Seas are increasing in response to the dynamic fetch from the upper-low spinning up well offshore. They are currently 10-12 feet across all local waters. Expect a further increase toward the mid-teens after the frontal passage later today. Seas gradually ease to the lower-teens by Tuesday morning. A stronger surface low and associated cold front is likely to affect the area Wednesday for another round of strong gales and building seas. Expect a fairly quick bump of seas into the upper-teens to the low-20 foot range. Forecast models are starting to show consistency in bringing a 25-30 foot swell train to Central Coast waters Wednesday night and Thursday as winds ease. Looks like conditions diminish significantly but still could present small craft problems late in the week. * 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… Rain late, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (w/sneaker waves).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/15 Mon 10:39 AM 8.99 H
01/15 Mon 5:43 PM -0.21 L
01/16 Tue 12:29 AM 7.15 H
01/16 Tue 5:21 AM 3.80 L

In Short: Rain developing, then mainly wet and sometimes windy.

Weather or Not: Shades & Tees

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Jan 142018
 

Sunday, Jan. 14th – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunny, gusty east winds yesterday; mainly clear, breezy overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/14mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 65F/46F/22mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/46F/33mph/0.00”
Waldport: 66F/48F/22mph/0.00”
Yachats: 64F/44F/31mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: 6 13 mph/Altimeter: 30.06”

Forecast: We’re in for another sunglasses and tee-shirt day with mainly clear skies, moderate east winds and the mercury climbing to 60F or better this afternoon. Increasing clouds tonight, an easing breeze and the low slumps to about 50F. Tomorrow, the predicted change begins as a 50-50 chance of rain develops by midday, and the high tops out around 55F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, then showers Thursday through Saturday. Temperatures should be near seasonal averages – highs in the upper-40s, lows 40-45F.

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 dry, temps 40-50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, there’s a Dense Fog Advisory in effect from Albany south to Eugene, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, east winds gusting 45-55 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly dry but with some spots of ice, 30-40F, the free air freezing level is at 12,000 feet.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for bare highways tonight, wet pavement late tomorrow and tomorrow night, foggy at times in the Valley.

* 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 ESE 5-10 knots this morning with seas 8 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Gale Watch is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. A complex low-pressure pattern develops well offshore through early in the week. Gusty east winds near Coast Range gaps today give way to low pressure moving north along 130W plus a front on Monday. Strongest winds will remain beyond 20 miles offshore. Additional bouts of strong winds and even higher seas are anticipated later in the week. * 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… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 10-15 feet (w/sneaker waves).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/14 Sun 10:02 AM 8.91 H
01/14 Sun 5:08 PM -0.01 L
01/14 Sun 11:54 PM 6.96 H
01/15 Mon 4:42 AM 3.87 L

In Short: Mainly clear and warm, then wet and occasionally windy.

Weather or Not: A Pair of Aces

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Jan 132018
 

Saturday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Morning showers, mostly cloudy yesterday; clearing, dry overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 54F/48F/18mph/0.01”/3.83”
Depoe Bay: 53F/47F/15mph/0.01”/3.32”
Newport: 52F/45F/20mph/0.14”/3.84”
Waldport: 55F/47F/21mph/0.04”/2.97”
Yachats: 53F/48F/22mph/0.03”/3.15”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 13 mph/Altimeter: 30.36”

Forecast: We’ve drawn a pair of aces from the weather dealer, but the rest of our hand is headed for the discard pile. Sunny today, light winds and a high near 60F. Tonight, clear, east winds gusting 25-30 mph and a low of 45-50F. Mostly sunny tomorrow, moderating east winds, high again about 60F. Outlook is for rain Monday through Wednesday, showers Thursday and Friday. The thermometer returns to normal for mid-January with highs of 50F and lows 40-45F 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 dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, it’s foggy from Albany south to Eugene, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, light east winds. For the Cascades, highways are mostly dry but with some spots of ice, 25-35F, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for bare highways tonight through tomorrow night, foggy at times in the Valley, then wet pavement Monday and Monday night.

* 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 E 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 14 seconds. Winds ease today and begin to turn offshore. Seas, dominated by a west swell, will likely remain under 10 feet until perhaps early tomorrow when another northwesterly swell train arrives from the Gulf of Alaska. The next significant front arrives Sunday night and Monday for another round of advisory to gale strength winds and building seas. This will be the start of a return to a more active pattern, with the potential for several rounds of gale or near-gale force winds next week. * 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… Sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/13 Sat 9:22 AM 8.81 H
01/13 Sat 4:31 PM 0.28 L
01/13 Sat 11:15 PM 6.71 H
01/14 Sun 3:59 AM 3.88 L

In Short: Mainly clear and warm, then wet and sometimes windy.