Gearhart and Seaside have typical Pacific Northwest coastal climates. Rainy winters and mid to cool summers. Average lows are between 50 – 38 degrees Fahrenheit and highs are between 52 – 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries has been identifying and mapping the tsunami inundation hazard along the Oregon coast since 1994. Many costal communities work on being Tsunami Prepared. Seaside, Gearhart, Warrenton, and Astoria and all mapped in the event of a Tsunami with evacuation routes available.
Seaside got its name from the historic summer resort, Seaside House, that was built in the 1870’s. Seaside was incorporated on February 17, 1899.
Gearhart was named after a settler, Phillip Gearhart, who traveled with his family from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City in 1848. Between 1851 and 1863, Gearhart acquired parcels of land that is now known as Gearhart.
In 1889, a railroad was built between Seaside and Astoria that became a popular way for the towns people to travel along the coast. It was also a way for travelers from Portland to travel between the cities after coming to Astoria from a ferry.