Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Really Big Surf and Skies for Oregon Coast This Week

Published 12/24/2015 at 4:13 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff


(Oregon Coast) – The good news? Agate hunting is getting outstanding along the Oregon coast, there's a big full moon coming on Christmas, and the wave action is getting gnarly just before the holiday. The bad news? The seas will be too wild to enjoy that agate hunting and beachcombing for whatever interesting stuff the surf has coughed up.

Seas along Oregon beaches will be mammoth, starting today and running through Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a variety of gale warnings and heavy seas warning for ocean-going craft. While the wind won't affect the beaches much, the Pacific will be conducting itself in a most unruly manner. This translates to spectacular but dangerous high waves on many beaches. Tuesday has seas swells up into the range of 20 feet, but the highest happen on Wednesday at a range of 25 feet or more.

It's part of the reason this is a “King Tides” day along the Oregon coast, where volunteers are asked to photograph the highest tides and submit them to CoastWatch and the King Tides Project. This is done so scientists can get a good look at how much sea levels are rising.

The latest run of storms along the coast have already done considerable erosion, with Rock Your World agate shop in Lincoln City estimating some beaches there have lost as much as five to seven feet of sand.

Big wave conditions continue through Thursday at around 18 feet or so, but begin to drop off over the weekend. This - coupled with a possible break in the rain and maybe partly sunny days – makes the weekend a prime time to hit the coastline for beachcombing. Oregon Coast Lodgings for this event - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours

You'll want to avoid the beaches on Wednesday and Thursday, but after Friday the sands should open up to those looking for treasure. Among the items you could find include the rare Japanese glass floats, and fascinating ocean debris both manmade and natural.

You'll also want to look up during the holiday and note an unusual event: a full moon on Christmas. The last time a full moon fell on Christmas Day was in 1977. The two events will not align again until 2034.

OMSI astronomy expert Jim Todd said the best time to view the full moon is will actually be on Christmas Eve.

“On December 24th, sunset will be at 4:21 p.m. and the full moon rises in the northeastern horizon at 4:27 p.m.,” Todd said. “The full moon is 3:11 a.m. at a distance of 231,068 miles from earth.”

On Christmas morning, the moon will set at 7:38 a.m. followed by sunrise at 7:49 a.m.

Todd also noted you can catch some great views of the morning planets of Jupiter, Mars and Venus above the eastern horizon, just before dawn. As a bonus, located 10 degrees below the star Arcturus is comet Catalina, predicted to be visible at magnitude 4. The International Space Station will appear 5:46 a.m. at 14 degrees above the southwest horizon.







More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Water Advisory for One of Oregon Coast's Most Popular Towns - Cannon Beach
health advisory, warning against wading in the ocean waters because of fecal matter
Quirky, Mysterious Sides of Depoe Bay Emerge with New Little Oregon Coast Parks
Two places with the same name, some odd finds and some somber ones
Southern Oregon Coast Travel Guide, Tourism News, Updates, Map
Siltcoos, Gardiner, Reedsport, Lakeside, Winchester Bay, North Bend, Coos Bay, Charleston, Coquille, Bandon, Langlois, Port Orford, Gold Beach, Brookings
Fourth of July on 362 Miles of Oregon Coast: North, Central and South Coast, ...
Astoria events, Seaside events, Manzanita events, Tillamook, Pacific City events, Lincoln City events, Newport events, Yachats events
Tillamook County Events in July, June: N. Oregon Coast's Manzanita, Rockaway,...
Manzanita events, Rockaway Beach, Nehalem, Garibaldi, Oceanside and Pacific City events
Four Irresistible and Unknown Aspects Around Manzanita: N. Oregon Coast Gems
Oodles of surprises around every corner: Falcon Cove, Neahkahnie, Wheeler
Oregon Coast Travel: Gas Prices Continue Drop
Stockpiles of gasoline have increased each week at nearly 4 million bbl
Now You Can Taste Pixie Kitchen Again on Central Oregon Coast
The famed eatery is returning again for one day. Lincoln City events

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details