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National Weather Service Predictions: What
It Means for Oregon's Coast
|Storm waves hit Manzanita
(Oregon Coast) – It’s likely that Oregon’s
coastline will experience a wetter and colder winter than usual in the
coming months, which probably means more flooding and a lot of rain.
It’s still uncertain what that means for winter storm
watchers. But for those looking to take advantage of the nicer days that
pop up with greater regularity than most of the tourists are aware of,
those days may not be so regular.
It all comes down to La Nina conditions for the world,
which the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration say we’re headed for.
“The development of La Niña conditions is
supported by increasing below-normal-sea surface temperatures across the
central and eastern equatorial Pacific and stronger-than average easterly
winds across the west-central equatorial Pacific,” said NOAA in
a press release. "Nearly all operational dynamical models, including
the National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s Climate Forecast
System and many of the statistical models also favor a La Niña
|Storms of winter of 2006 caused this kind of flooding in Nehalem
(photo Rachel Sip, BeachConnection.net)
The result is likely wetter-than-normal conditions in the
Pacific Northwest and drier-than-normal conditions in the already drought-stricken
southwestern U.S. this fall.
"These conditions also reinforce NOAA's August forecast
for an above normal Atlantic hurricane season," said Gerry Bell,
NOAA's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster.
At Portland’s branch office for the National Weather
Service (NWS), Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tyree Wilde says it’s
already been happening. “We’ve already been having a lot of
rain,” Wilde said. “We expect this La Nina to continue into
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The official position of NOAA is that they haven’t
officially declared a La Nina year just yet, however. NOAA declares the
onset of a La Niña event when the three-month average seasurface
temperature departure exceeds -0.5 degrees Celsius (-0.9 degrees Fahrenheit)
in the east-central equatorial Pacific.
|Big waves hit near Depoe Bay
Those conditions are almost met, so the signs are pointing
quite heavily towards La Nina and have been all year. Coastal locals often
complained this summer of more rain than usual, especially on weekends.
Some who watch the beaches of Oregon quite closely have
been thinking these kinds of conditions mean more storms – which
in turn mean lower sand levels, more discoveries, more beachcombing fun
and a host of other interesting aspects to coastal tourism and for nature
lovers. But Wilde said just because it may be cooler and wetter doesn’t
mean that more windstorms and big waves will pound the coastline.
|Lots of snow may also accompany this year's La Nina, although last
year's heavy snow on the coast was unusual (photo Tiffany Boothe,
“It will likely be above normal rain, which has been
typical of La Nina’s in the past,” Wilde said. “It doesn’t
always mean more storms. That’s not necessarily going to happen.
And as for predicting whether or not there will be more storms, that’s
still beyond our science. Although in October we already had a very powerful
storm – rather early. It was more like a midwinter storm.”
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Wilde said it is certainly possible this La Nina year will
bring more storms and bigger ones, but more flooding is more likely.
Oddly enough, years that are not La Nina or El Nino years
– what Wilde called “neutral years” – have historically
been the most dynamic. “Ironically, those neutral years have typically
been prone to more extreme weather, more powerful storms that happen more
|4,000-year-old forest stumps at Neskowin
Tom Horning, a geologist on the north Oregon coast and
with the North Coast Natural History Center, said stormy waves last year
carved out excessively low sand levels on Oregon’s beaches, resulting
in some wild discoveries that awed the geology world. Many ancient forest
remnants were unearthed on the north and central coast, including almost
never-seen stumps at Hug Point – just south of Cannon Beach –
and a few other geologic oddities. The forest stumps up and down the coast
are probably around 4,000 years old, but the ones that appeared briefly
at Hug Point could’ve been as old as 80,000 years old.
several conditions have to be met for sand to get carved out so deeply,
Horning said. A lot of winter storms don’t guarantee that.
“Generally, bigger waves come with more storms,
and that means more erosion of the beaches,” Horning said. “Depending
on the coincidence of waves with high tides, we could have a banner year
for beach and dune erosion. On the other hand, timing is everything. If
the waves miss the high tides, it may just be an average winter. Keep
an eye on the Navy website for waves.”
See BeachConnection.net's Oregon
Coast Weather for up-to-the-minute conditions.
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