Summary: It has been difficult predicting rain showers the past few days and will remain so for a while. The National Weather Service radar station that covers the Central Coast area is currently out of commission due to a major equipment failure and probably won’t be fixed for another week or better. In the meantime, forecasters are using satellite water vapor images as a backup, but the resolution isn’t nearly as good. Given that, there wasn’t too much to worry about yesterday as only a couple of very light stray showers showed up dripping just barely measurable precipitation. Highs were around 60F and winds stayed below 25 mph. A smidge of drizzle wetted the ground overnight and the thermometer dipped to the low-50s. This morning, skies were mostly cloudy with a southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 11,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 6 mph/Pressure: 29.91”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/53F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 60F/52F/0.02”
Forecast: With a few dry days this week, we’ll have some catching up to do if we want to achieve our average November rainfall, which is 10.85” (we’re currently at 1.80”). Partly sunny and no rain today, light southeast winds with a high of 65F. Tonight, mostly cloudy, low about 50F. It could be even warmer tomorrow with sunny skies and near-record highs of 65-70F possible. Outlook is for a change Tuesday night with the arrival of a wet and windy storm system, a chance of rain Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday, rain likely Friday, and then a chance of rain/showers for the weekend. The mercury should be about normal during the long-term with lows of 50F and highs of 60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement and 45-50F in the passes; becoming partly sunny today, high temperatures 60-65F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting mixed clouds and sunshine, the thermometer rising to 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways are mostly dry this morning, temps 40-45F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level rising from 10,000 to 11,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: There are choppy seas 10 feet at 8 seconds and SSE winds 15-25 knots out at Stonewall Bank this morning, but just a light ESE breeze 5-10 knots nearshore at South Jetty. A Gale Warning remains in effect from 10-60 miles offshore through tomorrow afternoon for southerly winds 20-30 knots gusting 40 with rough seas 14-18 feet at 12 seconds. Nearshore, within 10 miles of the beach, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through tomorrow for SE winds 15-25 knots and seas 10-14 feet at 11-12 seconds. Outlook is for easing breeze and seas Wednesday and Thursday, SE winds 10-20 knots with swells around 14 feet, and then another weather system on Friday brings southerlies back up to 20-25 knots and swells to 15 feet or higher. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mixed sky, light winds, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/07 Mon 11:21 AM 4.01 L
11/07 Mon 05:02 PM 6.68 H
11/07 Mon 11:49 PM 1.16 L
11/08 Tue 06:50 AM 6.99 H
In Short: Clouds and clearing, warmer, then unsettled.