How to Be Weather Savvy on the Oregon Coast
Published: 03/08/2018 Updated: 08/13/2019
Thor's Well at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near Yachats, Oregon
Photo by Gary Hayes
The most spectacular and transformative moments you can enjoy on the Oregon Coast have nothing to do with sunny weather, and spring is an opportunity to experience them.
Many people just don't get it about the Oregon Coast. They think it's a good idea to plan their trip for summer when it's most likely to be sunny and warm. The most spectacular and transformative moments you can enjoy on the Oregon Coast have nothing to do with sunny weather and spring is an opportunity to experience them. It offers the perfect time to discover the true character of the Oregon Coast. The lush dampness of the Pacific Northwest's coastal rainforest that borders the coastline explodes with fresh green growth and the stunning landscapes are ever-changing with dramatic moments of light and weather. For those who want to truly experience the best of the Oregon Coast in the spring, here are a few tips to make you weather savvy. First, if the weather forecast is for showers or partly cloudy, it's a forecast for spectacular. Sunbreaks between showers or sunsets illuminating clouds can bathe the scenic landscape in the most enchanting scenes of light and color. Let the weather influence your activities. If it's raining, hang out in a coffee shop, sample clam chowder or enjoy the scene from your oceanfront room. If you get sunbreaks, head to the beach or a viewpoint. If it's rainy, gear up for a walk in the rainforest. Always keep your eye on the weather towards sunset when even a cloudy day can turn into a memorable sunset. Those who live here know that if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes and it will likely change. Finally, don't expect it to be sunny and warm on any visit. It's probably not a problem if you forgot your sunscreen or bathing suit, but don't forget to bring a sweater and your rain jacket. In short, be prepared for any kind of weather conditions. Let the mist touch your face. Watch for wildlife and enjoy crashing waves that will be gone by the time the summer crowds arrive. This is the Oregon Coast at its authentic best.