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Weather or Not: with Chris Burns

Chris Burns Central Coast Weather Predictionist

Chris Burns
Central Coast Weather Watcher

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Newport, Oregon

Summary: Though the official beginning of winter is still 17 days away, Central Coast residents are feeling a bit of a disconnect with their calendars. The last of the clouds faded off to the west late yesterday, abundant sunshine and temperatures rebounding from the upper 20s to the mid-40s created a fairly nice day. There was a little bite in the 10-15 knot east winds, though nothing a coat and gloves couldn’t shunt. But as night fell, temps began dropping quickly and by this morning we were down to the mid-20s. Definitely feels like winter. Those up before sunrise got a good look at Mars off to the southeast and Jupiter high in the west.

Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 47F/28F
Newport: 44F/24F
Yachats/Waldport: 45F/25F

Forecast: Winter-like through the weekend. Clear today, a smidge colder than yesterday with highs in the mid-to upper 30s. Tonight’s low around 25F again. Light east winds. The situation begins changing tomorrow, and here’s where the uncertainly lies. The low pressure system initially forecast to come onshore at Newport, now looks like it’ll arrive farther south. Meaning, the chances and amount of snow predicted for the Thursday night, Friday morning period have lessened. Still expect to see some snowfall, probably an inch or less, and it’ll more than likely melt quickly with Friday’s high temperature well up into the 30s. The coldest air begins exiting our area over the weekend. Outlook is for a slow change to warming and wetter conditions beginning by early next week. Overnight lows staying above freezing, and daytime highs in the 40s with increasing chances of rain through the extended period.

Marine: Seas are down considerably this morning from yesterday’s 8-10 footers; just 4-5 feet today and winds are 10 knots or so from the NE. Depoe Bay bar is restricted to boats 24 feet and less today; Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Outlook is for mostly benign conditions for the next couple of days with winds NE 10-15 knots, seas 3-5 feet. Could see a ramp-up to near small craft advisory conditions, NE wind 20-25 knots, Friday and Saturday with seas building to 6-8 feet, but subsiding again by Sunday.

On the Beach… Cool, light winds, surf 3-4 feet, midday king tides
Tides
12/04 Wed 12:18 PM 10.27 H
12/04 Wed 07:17 PM -1.9 L
12/05 Thu 02:02 AM 8.0 H
12/05 Thu 07:11 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Cold, chance of snow, then slow warming.

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