Oct 202014

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, October 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Kind of an odd weather system yesterday as the wind and rain arrived separately. Sunbreaks sandwiched between morning low clouds and evening overcast allowed afternoon temps to climb into the upper-60s, while ironically the strongest sou’westers blew at the same time. The breeze died around 9:00pm just as the rain began. Go figure. It rained on and off overnight leaving a tenth to a quarter of an inch in the gauges and winds stayed light. This morning, there was broken overcast, a stray shower or two and the thermometer dipped to the upper-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 68F/57F/38mph/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 66F/57F/36mph/0.12”
Newport: 68F/55F/41mph/0.10”
Waldport: 69F/58F/31mph/0.20”
Yachats: 67F/58F/35mph/0.28”

WON SUN-RAINForecast: Look for a mixed bag today and tonight with a few showers, holes in the cloud cover, maybe a thunderstorm, light south winds, highs a little cooler at 60-65F, and lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow we expect a more cohesive and robust Fall weather system to begin impacting the Central Coast by afternoon. Southwest winds rising to 20-30 mph gusting 40 and a 50-50 chance of rain. The strongest part of this storm is predicted to arrive tomorrow night and last through Wednesday. South winds increasing to 25-35 mph gusting near 45 with increasing precipitation, heavy at times. We could see 1-2 inches of rain from this system. Outlook is for additional rain but less wind on Thursday, a chance of rain Friday and showers likely though next weekend. Temperatures remain seasonal at 50-60F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 8,000 feet, dropping to near highway pass levels tomorrow.

Marine: Seas remain rough this morning, 13 feet at 14 seconds, and winds are S 15-20 knots offshore, but lighter WON SCAinshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory remains posted for seas until Tuesday afternoon. S winds today and tonight 15-20 knots gusting to 25 with seas 12-15 feet, the highest well offshore. Things ramp-up again tomorrow and the SCA will probably be replaced by a gale warning as southerlies rise to 20-30 knots in the afternoon with choppy seas 10-12 feet, and then a big blow tomorrow night when a front arrives packing S winds 35 knots gusting 45; combined seas building to 16 feet or higher. Outlook is for S winds 25-30 knots on Wednesday, seas 16 feet. Breeze and seas slowly subside Thursday and Friday.

Notice to Mariners…
A public meeting to discuss government plans to close the US Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport will take place tonight, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. All Central Coast mariners – recreational, charter, search & rescue, commercial, research – are strongly urged to attend this crucial meeting concerning the imminent loss of our local rescue helicopter.

On the Beach… Showers, chance of thunderstorms, sunbreaks, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* Surf could build to dangerous levels by midweek.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/20 Mon 10:51 AM 7.68 H
10/20 Mon 05:07 PM 1.47 L
10/20 Mon 11:13 PM 6.92 H
10/21 Tue 05:03 AM 1.69 L

In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, partial clearing, then stormy.

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 Posted by at 8:10 AM
Oct 202014

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One of the results of the “Occupy” movement that we saw so much of a couple of years ago has been spinning off groups that are specializing in aspects of life in their own communities.

If Democracy is a homegrown activity, Newport and surrounding areas appear to have planted some seeds. Former Occupy activists have now targeted specific causes to present to the community and to enlist community support to do something about them.

In order to reach out to the community – to be more visible and clear as to what is exactly on their minds – a group of Newport area residents has formed CSALT – Citizens Seeking Alternatives to Log Terminals. To be sure CSALT is tackling other issues as well related to economic development and especially as it relates to the environment which they say is obviously under serious attack from humankind’s endless spewing of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which are also taken up in the Earth’s oceans and causing damage there too.

To cover these and other heady issues, CSALT now has a new website and periodic newsletters to the community revealing just what their group is up to.

Here’s their latest newsletter. Just click here.

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 Posted by at 12:36 AM
Oct 192014
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 Posted by at 8:08 PM
Oct 192014

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And right next door…

Moving Sale: Hit two sales at one stop.Thursday Friday Saturday 10AM to 6PM at Caldwell’s Upholstery: Clothing- Household- Pegboard- Sawhorses-Fabrics-Furniture-Bookcases-Counters-Everything Must Go. Located next to the Surplus Sale on the alley between the Courthouse and Napa.

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 Posted by at 7:49 PM
Oct 192014

7:22pm Sunday
Report of a traffic crash on Highway 18, about milepost 3. Watch for emergency vehicles.

Sounds like a car vs. deer.

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Oct 192014
Newport Bayfront Sharon Biddinger

Newport Bayfront
Sharon Biddinger

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Oct 192014
Out here window... Donna Plummer photo

Out here window…
Donna Plummer photo

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 Posted by at 4:51 PM
Oct 192014
804 Trail along Yachats ocean front Ken Gagne

804 Trail along Yachats ocean front
Ken Gagne

October 25th, the Overleaf Lodge & Spa, SOLVE, Dahl Disposal Service and the Yachats Trails Committee will partner to host the 7th Annual 804 Trail Ivy Pull in Yachats. This popular volunteer event continues the Yachats community’s effort to manage invasive ivy on the scenic 804 Trail and restore natural habitat.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Ivy Pull should meet in the Overleaf Lodge’s parking lot (280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, Yachats) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday the 25th. Participants should bring work gloves, a water bottle and weeding tools – or they may choose from the gloves and tools that will be on loan at the site.

Following the Ivy Pull, at about noon, the Overleaf will host a barbecue for all participants that includes burgers, brats and beverages. Volunteers are invited to bring additional side dishes and desserts to share. In appreciation of the time and work the volunteers put into this project, the Overleaf Lodge & Spa will provide Ivy Pull participants with day passes for the spa facility and a chance to win a gift certificate good toward a variety of spa treatments.

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 Posted by at 1:01 PM
Oct 192014

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, October 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: It was one of those 50-50 days with half Autumn and half Summer conditions yesterday. The mercury rose to the mid-60s in the late afternoon sunshine on the heels of a damp and cloudy morning. Precipitation was generally under a tenth of an inch with Lincoln City recording a bit over that. The rain ended before lunch. A southwest breeze in the morning blew 15-25 mph; though a gust at Yachats topped 30 mph. By early evening, with raincoats back in the mud room, a dazzling sunset closed out our daylight hours. But it didn’t take long for the clouds to return as skies became overcast again just after dark and stayed that way through the night. Some fog and drizzle greeted early risers this morning. Lows were warm; in fact, the Central Coast had the second warmest temperatures in the state at 60F, just below Portland’s 62F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/60F/22mph/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 64F/59F/28mph/0.03”
Newport: 66F/59F/28mph/0.02”
Waldport: 67F/60F/23mph/0.05”
Yachats: 66F/60F/33mph/0.09”

Forecast: There are already signs of the next storm front approaching from the southwest. As mentioned, whether or not we get much if any clearing today is dependent upon how fast this system comes in. Some of this morning’s low overcast may melt WON WINDY RAINYaway before the higher clouds associated with the latest weather disturbance cover the sky. So, it’s iffy. High today could be relatively warm, 65-70F, if the Sun breaks through. Otherwise expect 60F, the breeze to building by this afternoon to 20-30 mph gusting 45 and there’s a chance of showers. Windy and rainy tonight, low about 55F. We start the workweek tomorrow with showers, a chance of thunderstorms and cooler, highs around 60F. Outlook is for a little rain Tuesday and then another wet and windy storm Wednesday and Thursday, turning to showers as we head into the weekend.

Winter 2014-15 Outlook…
The Old Farmer’s Almanac (OFA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have issued their Pacific Northwest long-range seasonal predictions for the coming Winter. OFA says temperatures will be higher than normal, with below-average precipitation and fewer storms. The coldest and possibly snowiest periods will be in late December, mid to late January, and again in late February. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is also projecting below-normal precipitation for our area this Winter. However, that could change if an El Niño develops. Forecasters announced on October 9th that the conditions necessary to declare an El Niño event have not yet occurred, so they’ve continued an El Niño Watch with a 67% chance of development by the end of the year. While strong El Niño episodes often pull more moisture into Oregon over the Winter months, this El Niño is expected to be weak, offering little in the way of extra rainfall at lower elevations or a deeper snowpack in the Cascades. The Weather Channel, AccuWeather and other commercial forecasting services are in basic agreement with the OFA and NOAA Winter outlook.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny and 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry pavement today but wet tonight.

Marine: The breeze is light near shore this morning at around 10 knots, but it’s blowing 15-20 knots at the Rockpile WON GALEwith seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Warning is already up for offshore waters out past 10 nautical miles, and goes into effect at 2:00pm for inshore areas. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 35-40 and combined seas building to 12 feet. The breeze eases to 15-20 knots after midnight tonight and through tomorrow morning with rough seas 12-14 feet at 14 seconds. Winds go back up Monday afternoon to 20-25 knots; seas still up around 13 feet. Outlook is for southerlies all week, including another gale possible Tuesday and Wednesday, combined seas remaining 12-14 feet.

On the Beach… Clouds, possible sunbreaks, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* Surf could build to high levels this week.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/19 Sun 10:20 AM 7.34 H
10/19 Sun 04:28 PM 2.06 L
10/19 Sun 10:26 PM 6.71 H
10/20 Mon 04:27 AM 1.58 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, maybe some partial clearing, then rainy and windy.

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 Posted by at 8:18 AM
Oct 182014

Steller Sea Lions OSU-HMSC photo

Steller Sea Lions
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Sleeper Shark

It’s long been believed that the decline in the number of Stellar sea lions off the coast of Alaska was due to over-fishing – the sea lions being out-competed by humans in fishing vessels. So certain areas of ground fishing were put off limits to humans so the Stellars would get more to eat.

Still, the Stellars have not recovered.

But perhaps the riddle has been solved by a researcher at Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Marine Mammal Institute. Researcher Markus Horning is developing evidence that strongly suggests that by fishermen being force out of those ground fish fishing areas, fewer Sleeper Sharks have been part of any by-catch thereby leaving more of them in the water to prey on juvenile Stellars. Could it be that by re-opening more ground fish fishing to commercial fishermen, and snagging more Sleeper Sharks in the bycatch, predation of Stellar sea lion juveniles might be reduced, thereby producing more adult Stellars?

It may sound counter-intuitive but maybe not after you read the details of Horning’s research. Click here.

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