Weather Protocols and Info
Our standard protocol is to observe actual weather conditions on location the day and time of the tour to make an assessment. We can often shift tour routes to find shelter from wind if necessary. We do not cancel for rain or other mild changes in weather.
Daily Cycles -The typical daily cycle in Winter is between 9:00am-10:00am the winds tappers down, rain dissipates and nice weather holds till about 4:00pm, just before dark. Often the sun even shines, despite a stormy night.
It's Warmer Here - Average Winter air temperatures are warmer on the coast than in the I-5 Corridor and Willamette Valley. West winds often blow the cloud cover away, opening up patches of sunny bright blue skies throughout the winter.
Predictions - Keep in mind that the basic weather forecast is only a prediction by The National Weather Service, which rarely materialize exactly as predicted due to coastal micro climates (see Micro climates below). Weather Watches and Weather Warnings are more serious. Predictions for dangerous WEATHER WARNINGS (not Watches) will likely result in cancellations 12hr - 24hrs prior to the tour start time. Unless you receive a Cancellation Notice, your tour has not been cancelled.
Check Coastal Weather - Do not check your local weather. Instead, use the links we provide under “Trip Resources” to find weather stations near your tour location. Remember, our service area is roughly 100 miles long.
Micro climates - Tillamook's coastline has numerous micro climates. Weather systems collide with our seven (7) coastal headlands, the mountain range and valleys causing these systems to shatter and dissipate. This often results in pockets of mild and sheltered weather.
Gear/Preparation - Our gear includes waterproof Spray Skirts which keep you warm and dry from the torso down. Combined with your rain pants, a warm long sleeve shirt, light rain jacket and cap you will stay quit comfortable. Avoid cotton. Bring layers of synthetic clothing (like fleece) to add or shed during your excursion so you can adjust to changing temperatures. Bring gloves if you get cold hands.