The Columbia River bar is well known in the marine industry as one of the most dangerous bars in the world. How does it gain that distinction?
The Columbia River Maritime Museum answers the question with a presentation by Tyree Wilde, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He will offer "Pacific Northwest Weather and Its Effect on the Columbia River Bar" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at the museum, 1792 Marine Drive.
Wilde's presentation, which is free with museum admission, will provide an overview of seasonal weather and marine hazards in the Pacific Northwest. He will focus on how weather conditions such as high winds, large ocean swell, waves, fog, stratus and tidal currents affect the bar. He will also discuss the role of tidal currents and weather on navigation and commerce for ships traveling the river with goods and supplies moving into and out of the region.
Wilde is the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland, where he works toward tying the agency's mission of protecting lives and property and enhancing the region's economy with its customers, such as emergency managers, the media, land and water managers, aviators and the maritime community. He has been a professional meteorologist for 20 years, working in weather stations in Arizona, Nebraska and Florida.