As you head down for that wonderful trip, the Oregon coast weather is going to be in the forefront of your mind. I don't blame you....really I don't.
If you have heard through the grapevine that the norm in Oregon is primarily rainy, I have one word for you about that:
Uh-huh (is that a word?).
But the rain is what keeps the Pacific Northwest so green and beautiful. Those predominant marine conditions are especially welcomed at the beaches. The winter storms on the Oregon Coast will take your breath away.
As far as the coast goes though, it is awesome no matter what nature throws your way. There is an old Swedish proverb:
"There is no such thing as bad weather, just improper clothing."
Sitting in a wonderful little cottage, b&b or hotel room, with a hot cup of coffee, cocoa or tea and looking out the window at the raging Pacific Ocean as the waves crash the shore will surely give you goose bumps.
Not to say that the coast and Oregon in general never has sun. It does. If you make your visit between June 1st at 1:00am to June 3rd at 3:00pm, you can maybe find some sun.
No no no no, I'm joking! ;)
July and August are typically the driest months, with September being the hottest. We're just well-known for the liquid stuff. We like it that way.
It's the winter storm months that I shift my attention from outside activities to curling up inside a cozy hotel room and watching the awesome storms. The rain is also what keeps the pretty bobbles and other treasures washing up on the beaches.
Below, you'll find a chart with the average weather outlook, up and down the coast. This will give you an idea of what to expect. Make sure that you hop over to the "What To Bring" portion of the web site to be prepared for your trip along the Oregon coastline.
You may also want to take a quick glance at the local Oregon Coast weather forecasts for the section of the coast you plan to visit.
Oregon Coast Weather Temperature and Precipitation Averages - 1971-Present
Oregon Climate Service
Second Summer at the Oregon Coast
There's a mysterious and yet pleasant phenomenon around these parts that has been labeled, "Second Summer." The warmest months on the coast actually occur in September and October. Let me explain how this comes about and let you in on how it's cool on many levels.
Second Summer happens when the cool air of the valley clashes with the ocean waters that have been warming all season long. The air flows from the east and from California are warmer, the skies are bluer, and the seagulls even seem to know that there's something special going on. It also plays a part in decreasing winds and fog.
As a matter of fact, September and October tend to be warmer than the summer months of July and August. This extra-ordinary warmth usually lasts until the middle and sometimes the end of October.
What makes this time of year on the Oregon coast especially cool is the kids have gone back to school, which means it's time for us adults to go out and play. Beach-going crowds have thinned out and the summer rates on hotels and other lodgings are changing to winter rates.
Don't let the advancing winter around your parts fool you. The Oregon coast Second Summer is the perfect time to hit the beaches!