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jean
jean

Manzanita morning. I could never be bored at the Oregon Coast.

Wide angle view looking north from Manzanita's beach, streaks of blue sky showing behind gray clouds.
pimoore
pimoore

@jean That’s stunning, and looks like quite the storm rolling in (or out).

Sylari
Sylari

@jean Wow! Not at all how I would picture an Oregon beach.

jean
jean

@Sylari Really? What surprised you? This beach is particularly wide and sandy, I would say.

jean
jean

@pimoore No storm, just the clouds over the ocean. Maybe the cloudmeister @cliffordbeshers has some insight on what’s happening.

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odd
odd

@jean I wish I could dance ballet with a ballerina, in slow motion in that sand, and have a space orchestra handle the music. Muy hermoso! ✨💃🕺✨🌈🎵

cliffordbeshers
cliffordbeshers

@jean @pimoore Best guess, partial matine layer, formed by the meeting of cool, wet ocean air and dry, warm air from land. In the spring in San Diego, the marine layer forms a solid blanket over the coastline and is called May Gray and June Gloom.

Update: I would guess this is "partial" because the temperature difference is much smaller in summer.

1pairofshoes
1pairofshoes

@jean This is why I am glad that I live within an hour of the coast. I need some sea air at least once a year.

jean
jean

@1pairofshoes Having grown up in Miami Beach and lived on the East Coast before Oregon, I have a hard time imagining I could feel right anywhere further away from an ocean.

jean
jean

@cliffordbeshers Thank you! I was going to suggest a marine layer, until I realized I didn’t actually know what that means.

cliffordbeshers
cliffordbeshers

@jean Well, I went back and read about a marine layer... The details aren't what I remember. The marine layer consists of air cooled by the ocean.It becomes denser, and is then trapped below the warm, lighter air above. Clouds can form within the marine layer. And sometimes, stratus clouds form at the boundary between cold below and warm above. I think that last is what you captured.

Sylari
Sylari

@jean I think my impression comes from Columbia river crossing, steep sides, craggy or at least rock filled. I thought mountains met ocean for most of shoreline.

jean
jean

@Sylari Cape Lookout, one of my favorite destinations, might fit the bill better.

Sylari
Sylari

@jean That does it. Drift wood makes sense with that flora at water's edge.

robknight
robknight

@jean I traveled up the Oregon coast in 2012. I expected it would be a good trip, but it ended up being in my top three trips ever. The wide beaches are spectacular. Fort Stevens State Park was my favorite spot.

jean
jean

@robknight I haven’t been to Fort Stevens. But I have been to Cape Disappointment, which was not one. 😊