Weather or Not: A Little Peace and Quiet

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Feb 112017
 

Saturday, Feb. 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, extended sunbreaks, windy and cooler temps yesterday.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/41F/30mph/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 50F/38F/36mph/0.14”
Newport: 48F/37F/30mph/0.16”
Waldport: 50F/39F/28mph/0.08”
Yachats: 50F/40F/31mph/0.07”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 4,600’ & 5,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.46”

Forecast: We’re in for a brief period of peace and quiet as high pressure builds into the Central Coast for a few days. The showers are expected to end this morning and skies become partly to mostly sunny for the remainder of the day, light and variable winds, high about 50F. Tonight, partly cloudy skies and chilly as the mercury dips to 35F. Sunny tomorrow, northeast winds 5-10 mph, high 50-55F. Outlook is for the dry weather to continue into Monday, a chance of rain develops late Tuesday, rainy and breezy Wednesday and Thursday with another round of heavy precipitation and high winds possible, and then showers on Friday. Average mid-February temperatures are predicted all week; highs reach 50-55F and lows slump to 40-45F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there are spots of ice on the pavement and 30-35F in the passes. Willamette Valley highways are mainly wet, spots of ice possible, temperatures 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge has spots of ice, thermometer readings near 30F. For the Cascades, snow flurries, packed snow and spots of ice with 20-25F in the passes, chains required at Government Camp. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning with seas down to 8-9 feet at 8 seconds. The next round of gale to storm force southerlies is expected to kick in Tuesday or Wednesday; seas may build to 20 feet or higher. * 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 early, then sunshine, 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
02/11 Sat 06:13 AM 2.36 L
02/11 Sat 12:17 PM 9.51 H
02/11 Sat 06:47 PM -0.87 L
02/12 Sun 01:22 AM 8.65 H

In Short: Showers ending, clearing, dry, then stormy again.

Weather or Not: Dark Side of the Moon

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Feb 102017
 

Friday, Feb. 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, some heavy, sunbreaks, windy and warm temps yesterday.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/48F/52mph/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 56F/47F/51mph/0.25”
Newport: 54F/46F/48mph/0.46”
Waldport: 55F/45F/42mph/0.39”
Yachats: 56F/47F/44mph/0.47”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,800’ & 3,700’, broken @ 4,400’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: WSW 16 mph G28/Altimeter: 29.85”

A Coastal Flood Advisory for minor tidal overflow has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 10:00am-2:00am today for the Central Coast. A high astronomical high tide will occur around noon today and will be slightly higher than the high tide that occurred late Thursday morning. The coastal rivers will be falling today, but will still be elevated. There is potential that the combination of the high astronomical high tide plus tidal anomaly along with the elevated rivers will cause issues in some of the same locations that saw flooding with the high tide on Thursday. However, the impacts are expected to be slightly less than on Thursday. The main impacts will be in low lying areas near bays and sloughs and along lower portions of Highway 126 near the Siuslaw river. A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

Forecast: A bit breezy this morning as another minor front passes through the Central Coast, but this one isn’t packing much in the way of precipitation as showers produce maybe a quarter inch. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph before noon, then subside to 15-25 mph later in the day, high temps around 50F. Tonight, with any luck, there’ll be enough clearing to glimpse the penumbral (partial) eclipse of the Full Snow Moon from sunset at 5:38pm to maximum coverage, about three-quarters of the face, at 5:48pm until it ends at 6:53pm. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy, some scattered showers will be in the area and low temps drop to 40F. A slight chance of showers lingers tomorrow morning, becoming partly sunny the rest of the day with the mercury again rising to 50F or so. Outlook is for mostly sunny Sunday, partly sunny Monday and Tuesday, then back to wet and windy Wednesday and Thursday. Seasonal thermometer readings are anticipated as highs reach 50-55F and lows slump to 40-45F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40F in the passes. Willamette Valley highways are also wet, temperatures 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, thermometer readings of 35-40F. For the Cascades, snow flurries, packed snow and slush with 30-35F in the passes, carry chains or traction tires. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 25-30 knots this morning with seas 13-14 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this morning. The next round of southerlies is expected around Tuesday. * 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, windy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* 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, especially around today’s high tide. 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
02/10 Fri 05:24 AM 2.74 L
02/10 Fri 11:30 AM 9.67 H
02/10 Fri 06:07 PM -1.04 L
02/11 Sat 12:44 AM 8.49 H

In Short: Showers, breezy, clearing, then unsettled.

Schooner Creek sewer pumps station overwhelmed by storm water – overflows

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Feb 092017
 

Schooner Creek where it hits the beach…

Schooner Creek Pump Station Overflow

Due to heavy rain, the Schooner Creek Pump Station began intermittently overflowing Thursday afternoon, February 9th. The Schooner Creek Pump Station is located at the end of NW 68th Street near the ocean.

Signs warning of the recent sewage overflows are posted at the affected areas and sampling is being conducted to determine when the water is safe for contact. Contact with water contaminated with bacteria can increase the risk of disease. Please avoid contact with these waterbodies until further notice.

Please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541-574-3366 with any questions.

Convicted murderer Antone Bernal gets life in prison

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Feb 092017
 

Antone Bernal
Guilty of murder
Gets Life in Prison


Antone Bernal 23, of Lincoln City, was given a life sentence in court Thursday for killing Luke McCann, 32 at a house on NE 58th in Lincoln City last October.

The judge handed down the life sentence to Bernal but left the door open for possible parole after serving 25 years behind bars. Bernal’s alleged accomplice Malia Davis, 22 was sent to prison for 2 and a half years, with probation supervision for 2 years after that.

Both Bernal and Davis had been previously indicted by a grand jury for their involvement in an unrelated shooting incident that occurred last August – two months before the shooting death of McCann.

Two Oregon lawmakers trying to bring down drug costs for Oregonians

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Feb 092017
 

Prescription drugs are among the primary drivers of ever-more expensive medical care.


Two Oregon lawmakers are introducing legislation that seeks to control what many call a wildly out of control prescription drug market, especially here in Oregon.

During a news conference on their proposed legislation, state Representative Rob Nosse and state Senator Elizabeth Hayward said their bill will help rein in drug prices that push the cost of medical care through the roof and beyond. Their plan requires that drug prices in the U.S. reflect prices for the same drugs sold in other countries, which don’t subject their citizens to the excesses of the “free market.”

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here