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Oregon Coast Weather Favors Washington Spring
|Moody, changing skies will be typical of the coming spring weeks
(pictured: above Manzanita).
(Oregon Coast) – It depends on who you talk to, but
this last week’s wacky weather
didn’t seem to sit well for Oregon students on spring break, and
instead seems to smile more upon those kids from Washington, whose spring
break happens now.
Last week saw plenty of snow on the coast range passes
to the beach towns, resulting in numerous traffic problems in the early
morning or late night hours, after freezing temperatures descended. However,
during the afternoon hours, conditions were normal.
Then the snow hit the beaches as well, along with a fair
amount of rain – but also a good deal of sun. Meanwhile, the snow
made for quite an unusual spectacle on the coast, delighting tourists
from all over.
That consistent mix of good with rainy conditions is something
coastal locals are trying to emphasize about the area: it’s not
always as the weather reports spell it out to be.
|Sunsets can be especially wild and bright during spring, as here
at Otter Rock
forecasters admit it’s much more difficult to pin down the weather
of the Oregon coast: partially because it is so dynamic, but mostly because
they don’t have the same equipment and watchers out there as they
do inland. Meteorologists, like Rod Hill of KATU, will say they tend to
forecast it a little on the darker side. “It’s forecast as
being worse than it really is quite often, I will admit that. We are trying
to improve upon that.”
does look glorious this week, starting with today’s gorgeous conditions.
Tuesday and Wednesday will bring sunny skies to the north
coast, with temperatures up around 59 degrees, according to The Weather
Channel. The National Weather Service says highs will be around 49 on
the central coast on those days. Winds will be low – around 5 to
|Snow made for spectacular scenes along the coast, such as here at
Lows at night are predicted to be around 37 to 43 or so.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms
for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
Thursday, the prediction is for highs in the low 60’s,
with periods of clouds and sun. Lows are predicted to be in around 50
More clouds are predicted to come in to the coastal region
on Friday, with highs in the upper 50’s and lows in the low 40’s.
By Saturday and Sunday, both The Weather Channel and National
Weather Service are increasing the chance of rain and predominance of
clouds, with highs in the mid 50’s and lows in the 40’s.
|Sunny moments will be aplenty this week (just north of Florence)
Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside Aquarium, said Oregon
spring breakers got the better end of the deal, in spite of today’s
sunny skies blending into much of the week.
“There’s no way Oregon kids got the worst,”
Chandler said. “They got the better end of the deal. They got to
see snow on the beach, which is really unique. It wasn’t bad here
at all. You just had to put on your coat and you could still go out in
Chandler said the area got some crazy weather during that
“It was pretty funky,” he said. “We don’t
usually get snow on the beach. It was really cool. When we do get it,
we’re the only ones to see it. This time, it was a great opportunity
for other people from out of town to see it.
|Oceanside, as a big, dark cloud encroaches on the sunny conditions
“It was pretty nice a lot of the time, really. It
was cold and it was windy, though. Sunday, the snow was the worst day
for driving. I had too inches on my car that morning. But by 11 or 10,
it was all gone. None of it stuck around very long during the whole week.”
Tuesday, it was cold but splendid. “It’s gorgeous
right now,” Chandler said. “The wind is making it chilly,
but if you get out of the wind, it’s warm. I just got some of the
biggest clams I’ve ever gotten, and I didn’t start out today
thinking about clamming.”
Chandler cautioned to heed Hill’s warnings on weather
predictions later in the week, as spring brings a wild swing to weather
conditions that can’t be predicted. He said whatever the forecasts
say, often things change fast. One minute will bring a squall. Ten minutes
later, the clouds will open up and the sun will shine.
“It changes a lot, and changes drastically,”
Chandler said. “Wear layers. Be prepared to take your coat off.
It’s very variable.”
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
here for video of Dec. storm aftermath
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