01Dec2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Now, where did I put my raincoat? That’s going to be a common question this morning for this final day of the holiday weekend. After a week of mostly sunshine and sometimes spring-like temperatures, the rain arrived last evening on schedule. No substantial precipitation amounts recorded overnight with the most at Lincoln City trailing off to the least at Yachats. High temperatures were in the low to mid-50s, with lows only a little less in the mid-40s. The southwest breeze has built up overnight and gusts are in the 18-20 knot range along the Central Coast. Fog and rain have reduced visibility this morning down to as low as 100 feet in spots.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/0.23″
Forecast: When you’re digging out your raingear today, don’t bury your sunglasses too deeply, because you’ll need them again by Tuesday. Today we can expect periods of rain, high in the low-50s, tonight’s low in the mid-40s. Windy, with southwest gusts through the day to 20 knots or better. Looks like the heaviest rain and wind is on track to develop tonight. Could see over an inch of rain and a breeze hitting 30 knots. The next big change is right on the heels of this wet and windy period when temperatures begin to drop tomorrow afternoon as cold and dry arctic air settles in for the week. Outlook is for sunshine to return early in the week along with the cold — highs in the low 30s, lows in the mid-20s. Winds slowly veering from south to west to northwest and finally back to easterly by mid week. Snow, the most challenging type of weather to predict for the Central Coast, is a crap-shoot. Possibly we’ll see some flurries during the changeover Monday into Tuesday.
Special Section – Holiday Travel: No serious changes from yesterday’s report in that snow in the passes on Highways 18 and 20 is not expected until early tomorrow. Even the Cascades look okay until sometime on Monday. There will be rainy and windy conditions, but nothing slick. One problem that’s developed overnight is high water on Highway 34 between Waldport and Philomath at Alsea Mountain Summit.
Marine: Following a stretch of fairly benign conditions on the ocean, the wind ramped up this morning to 20-25 knots with seas running about 9 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for boats 30 feet and under. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Worsening conditions are ahead for mariners as a Gale Warning has been posted for this afternoon through tomorrow morning. SW winds up to 35 knots and seas building to 12 feet or better. Things should start settling down late tomorrow.
On the Beach… Wet and windy, surf 10 feet and building. Note: use caution as King Tides are here and waves will be rolling up the beach father than normal.
12/01 Sun 10:01 AM 9.8 H
12/01 Sun 05:01 PM -1.06 L
12/01 Sun 11:37 PM 7.34 H
12/02 Mon 04:38 AM 2.98 L
Cascadia: A strong, 5.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded about 140 miles WSW of Brookings at 7:19pm last night. Felt in Florence. (We will report significant earthquakes, magnitude 4.0 or higher, in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off our coast.)
In Short: Wet, windy, cold on the way.