Lt. McCraw’s update: NOT an earthquake

What was that Loud Boom?

Lt. Gordon McCraw

By Lt. Gordon McCraw
Emergency Management Director
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

I, as well as 911, received some calls and emails about what the loud boom last night was.  No, it was not lightning, an explosion, and definitely not an earthquake.

The 147th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard is conducting flight operations, as required in their training requirements, starting last night through the 15th. The Sheriff and I had a conversation this morning with the Wing and asked them to make sure they are in the operational area, which is well offshore, BEFORE they go supersonic from now on!

A chilly start this morning with the temperature falling to 30 which gave us some frost and freezing fog along with some patchy ice. Today we see the easterly winds develop that will be pulling the cold air that is pouring in through the Gorge area into the valley. This means another night of freezing temperatures which brings in more frost overnight tonight into tomorrow morning.

After this we get another chance at that snow so many folks have been hoping for. There is still some uncertainty because of models conflicts about just how this one will roll out. A warm front approaches from the southwest tomorrow afternoon that some of the models suggest will not have a lot of moisture while some of the others show plenty of moisture.

It appears the moisture will begin impacting the area around noon tomorrow with the valley receiving the majority of the moisture and the coast being on the edge. We again have a concern that with the warm air initially overriding the cold winds down at the surface we could see a period of some sleet and freezing rain tomorrow night until the southerly winds kick in and warms things down to the surface. The low pressure area driving this weather is forecasted to move inland to our south later tomorrow night into Thursday morning causing the precipitation to diminish.

Friday on we see daytime highs in the low 40s and nighttime and early morning lows down in the upper 20s to low 30s.  Any remaining showers could give the area additional periods of snow over the weekend, especially at night, causing hazardous driving conditions at times into next week.

Again, there is a lot of uncertainty about precipitation type; rain, sleet, or snow, as well as amounts, but, for now it appears there is good chance of some light snow along the coast and inland north of Newport through Astoria and southwest Washington.  Areas south of Newport, including over in the south valley could see a brief period of mixed precipitation before turning to all rain, and, the heavier amounts will be toward the south where the low moves inland.