Seaside Stories

Enjoying the Breaks in Weather

December 16, 2012 | by Jon Rahl

It didn’t take me long to realize the weather forecast can be deceiving along Oregon’s North Coast. Prior to moving here (and with family already residing in the area), I would often check the seven-day forecast for Seaside and see a steady stream of clouds and rain. I’d often shake my head and wonder how one could handle that much rain.
Yes, it rains, and at times it comes in large amounts. But what I failed to realize is that the Oregon Coast also has fantastic breaks in the weather that produce amazing light and beautiful settings amongst the scattered clouds. We are a very fortunate bunch in the Pacific Northwest. And this past Friday morning, as I took this picture along Neawanna Creek, I was reminded of those breaks yet again.
A sunrise and a sunset are beautiful almost anywhere you see them, but I’ve never witnessed a more diverse array of dawn and dusk than what I’ve seen during the past two and a half years I’ve lived in Oregon. Our lush-green environment, coupled with morning and evening clouds are quite often the perfect background to an amazing sunrise or sunset. And so when I talk about visiting our area, I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak highly of the stormy season. The storms themselves are an impressive force of nature, but a two to three-night stay can leave you witness to a one-of-a-kind sunrise or sunset that will produce a memory you won’t soon forget.
In fact, here’s a challenge for you. Whether you do it in Seaside, somewhere else in Oregon or another state entirely, make it a point to see the sun come up and go down once per season. I’m fairly certain you’ll create several wow moments for you and those you share the setting with. See you in Seaside!

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