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Ocean Takes Out Chunk of Central Oregon Coast
|Photo by Guy DiTorrice shows a drain pipe now exposed
(Newport, Oregon) – It was either a really exciting
storm or a so-so event, depending on who you talk to. But in Newport,
the storm surges and immense wave action may turn out to be an expensive
ordeal for the Oregon Department of Transportation, with as much as six
feet of roadway falling away just north of town in some spots.
On the north coast, there were some exhilarating moments
had by various stormwatchers and tourists, but altogether Saturday’s
massive 20-foot swells didn’t make much more of an impression than
sucking out a lot of sand.
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More impressive for many was the small dusting of snow
on the Oregon coast, and a much bigger wallop of the white stuff along
the roads to the coast.
|Chunk of roadside and cliff missing near Newport (photo Guy DiTorrice)
expert Guy DiTorrice took some photos for BeachConnection.net, showing
some spectacular erosion that ate away at cliffs about 60 feet high, carving
so thoroughly in some spots that large chunks of pavement by the side
of Highway 101 fell to the beach.
DiTorrice said this spot is just less than a mile south
of the Beverly Beach turnoff at 101, all a bit north of Newport.
“We probably lost between four to six feet at the
two sites where the drain pipes can
be seen,” DiTorrice said. “And we're barely into a month of
|Photo Guy DiTorrice
Damage was not as severe south of this spot, and yet sand
hasn’t been eroded away as much as would be expected in such an
event. “South of here is not as high a sandstone headland,”
he said. “Amazingly, as the higher-elevation shots show, we're still
seeing lots of sand on the beaches. But, we're seeing some rock that hasn't
been sand-cleared since '96 and '97.”
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There are 4,000-year-old tree stumps buried beneath the
sands at this part of Moolack Beach, which showed themselves by this time
last year. These are the remnants of a forest inundated by sand, mud and
possibly seawater over a relatively short period of time, which killed
them but preserved them well over the millennia. They typically poke their
heads out when sand levels get scoured enough by winter storm wave action.
|Photo Guy DiTorrice
DiTorrice said sand levels haven’t gotten that low
yet. But other curious sights have emerged.
“Lots of nice rock showing at Moolack - north of
the motel, or turn right after getting onto the beach there,” he
said. “Also at the site photographed about one-mile south of the
Beverly Beach State Park day use area (e.g. turn left after getting onto
On the north coast, Seaside
Aquarium manager Keith Chandler said the snow was the biggest story,
as far as he could see. “It came in over the morning, then melted,”
Chandler said. “Another dusting happened in the afternoon, but it
also melted. Right now, it’s about ten degrees warmer in the late
afternoon than it was earlier today. Astoria got quite a bit of snow.
But it all didn’t last too long.”
|Wave laps at Seaside Turnaround (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
As for the storm waves, there were a few impressive moments.
Chandler didn’t get to look around much, but he did see the a wave
or two lapping at the Seaside Turnaround, which is rare and means some
monster tides are at play.
Geologist Tom Horning took a ride around the north coast
and saw some logs had been tossed onto the dunes at Gearhart on this weekend
– a rather ominous display of the ocean’s power. “I
didn’t see that much erosion, however,” Horning said. “Maybe
some at the cliffs around Gearhart. Here on the bay, there were some waves
splashing here and there, but it was mostly a non-event.”
|Rocks have emerged at Moolack Beach, Newport
(photo Guy DiTorrice)
Horning said a friend got soaked by a large wave at the
viewing platform at the south jetty of the Columbia. That is a rather
scary prospect, as the platform stands three stories tall and sits about
50 feet from the jetty. “A huge wave came up just as a large wind
gust came up, and it soaked them from that far away,” Horning said.
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Sand levels have begun to sink, however. He estimates many
parts of the north coast have lost two to four feet since the fall. “Not
much erosion has happened so far. But I believe we’re being set
up for some bigger erosion, if we have some more big storm events, because
the sand levels are lower and will allow that.”
|Seaside looked a bit like this briefly on Sunday morning (photo
taken in January of last year)
The jury is still in on what oddities will have washed
up over the weekend’s grouping of storms. Recent weeks have seen
a rare turtle and a sperm whale roll in on the north coast, but nothing
too interesting has made an appearance on the central coast.
Newport beach expert and naturalist Terry Morse said he’s
been walking the beaches a lot recently but hasn’t seen anything
too out of the ordinary. But that depends on your perspective.
“Despite the heavy surf, just about nothing
extraordinary has washed up recently,” Morse said. “A relatively
intact dead California sea lion at Yaquina Bay State Park on December
29. On January 4, several dead birds, including two or three Cassin's
auklets (one of them I am unsure of), two western grebes, and two cormorants.
There were two non-matching shoes, two wine bottles, a few mole crabs,
and the usual assortment of marine debris. On January 5, a highly decomposed
pinniped, virtually a bag of bones, at Yaquina Bay State Park, that might
have been a northern elephant seal.”
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