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Weather for Lunar Eclipse on Sunday: Portland, Seattle, Eugene, Washington Coast, Oregon Coast

Published 05/14/22 at 6:55 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Weather for Lunar Eclipse on Sunday: Portland, Seattle, Eugene, Washington Coast, Oregon Coast

(Oregon Coast) - The biggest show in the sky for the Oregon coast, Washington coast, Portland and Seattle will be May 15 into the wee hours May 16, where a full lunar eclipse takes place. Space.com said the Oregon coast and Washington coast will be the best seats in house, and first to see the eclipse darken. But it will be extremely hard to spot as it will already be in the darkest stages as it emerges on our horizon. (Photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Aside from that, it may not get seen at all thanks to cloud cover.

As it rises a little after 9:20 p.m. in many of these spots (later up north than down south), it will already be in total phase. It will be more difficult to spot as it pops up above the horizon to the east, but it will be a dramatic blood red or orange.

The southern Oregon coast will get to see it a little sooner than up around the central Washington coast.

For these beach areas, Space.com said it will be “transforming the Moon into a ruddy, ghostly orb, 'magnified' as it comes above the east-southeast horizon by the well-known 'moon illusion' and perhaps nicely framed by distant landmarks.”

Totality ends about 9:50 p.m., and clouds be willing, the coastlines will be witness to all that.

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Forecasts, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), are extremely similar throughout all regions of the Oregon and Washington coastlines and I-5 corridor areas inland, with the western sides of both states showing mostly cloudy on Sunday night.

Apparently, the eastern sides of both states will have the clearest view.

You'll find largely the same conditions from Brookings up through Coos Bay to the central Oregon coast, into Cannon Beach, then from Long Beach to Raymond, and as far as La Push, along with the same forecasts from Seattle down to Portland, into Eugene and all the way through southern Oregon. Look for mostly cloudy until about 11 p.m. with a fairly likely chance of rain, sometimes pouring rain.

It's a not a good forecast, but not a complete death sentence for viewing, either. There should be the occasional breaks in the sky to keep you out there and curious for awhile. How big the breaks are and how long they will last is anyone's guess, however. Some areas won't get any cloud breaks, however.

Heading inland a bit, it seems late Sunday will have some cloud breaks but also sizable winds in Seattle, Portland, and down through Eugene and into southern Oregon.

On the southern Oregon coast, from Reedsport, Coos Bay and Gold Beach down to Brookings, you're looking at some heavy precipitation at times, as well as a similar break in cloud cover. Chances of you seeing the eclipse increase slightly down there. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

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