December 2, 2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: A good, old-fashioned late autumn storm gave us nearly steady temperatures around 50F yesterday, lots of rain (storm totals approaching 2 inches) and southwest winds gusting to 30 knots; Lincoln City had the highest area gust at 37. Everything, including the temperature, dropped just after midnight with the arrival of the leading edge of a cold front. The rain went down to a showery pattern, the winds fell off and then switched to the northwest.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/47F/1.15″
Forecast: You probably don’t want to put your raingear away just yet, but keep your sunglasses handy. Showers, possibly heavy, are expected to continue and slowly subside through today. High around 50F or so, with a low tonight at 40F. Northwest winds still a smidge blustery at 20 knots. Cold arctic air will start dropping the temps tomorrow, probably by midday, precipitation will be next to nothing, and the sun reappears. There’s still a chance for a snow flurry tomorrow, but that is looking less likely. Outlook is for a cold and relatively clear week. Highs just above freezing and lows in the 20s. Winds moving to an easterly direction and becoming fairly light. Next chance for a change is late in the week when some additional moisture arrives. Computers are struggling with how to treat this event — a similar scenario in March of 2012 left the Central Coast under a rare 6 inch blanket of snow. We’ll keep a mention of snow in the outlook for now, just to be safe.
Marine: No rest for mariners. Just as the SW winds dropped, for an hour or so, they ramped back up from the NW at 20-25 knots about midnight. Small Craft Advisories are in effect for wind today and seas through tomorrow. Seeing 12-15 foot seas at the buoys this morning, but those should be dropping to 10 feet overnight and 6-8 feet tomorrow. Depoe Bay bar has not yet reported in. Yaquina Bay bar is currently unrestricted. Finally, Depoe Bay is up. Restricted to all vessels. The rest of the week, look for lowering seas and light E winds.
On the Beach… Cool, wet, windy, surf 10-12 feet and falling. Caution: King Tides through Wednesday with ‘sneaker’ waves rolling up the beach.
12/02 Mon 10:45 AM 10.17 H
12/02 Mon 05:45 PM -1.6 L
12/03 Tue 12:25 AM 7.64 H
12/03 Tue 05:27 AM 3.0 L
In Short: Wet, windy, drying, getting colder.