Summary: The rain was continuous yesterday, varying only in intensity. The periods of heaviest precipitation came in the morning and in the evening, but there wasn’t really any break the rest of the day. High temps were still above normal, climbing to near 60F, and a fairly steady southwest wind blew 15-25 mph, with a frontal blast last night between 9:00pm and 11:00pm that produced gusts into the 40s; Yachats had the highest at 45 mph. The rain continued overnight, and finally stopped just after daybreak.
* For those keeping a box score, our total precipitation halfway through November has been 6.43”; average for the entire month is 10.67”.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,300’ & 2,800’, broken @ 5,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 14 mph G 28/Pressure: 29.81”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/54F/34mph/1.09”
Depoe Bay: 58F/52F/42mph/1.06”
Forecast: In a word, cooler. Temperatures are expected to be near normal for November over the next week or so. Today, the high will be closer to 50F than 60F, along with showers, a chance of thunderstorms and southwest winds gusting up to 25 mph. The mercury dips into the mid-40s tonight, showers continue but the breeze eases to 5-10 mph. Showers and light winds are predicted for tomorrow, too, with the thermometer again rising only into the low-50s. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers on Thursday, a slight chance of rain Friday, then rain likely and windy Saturday through Monday. Highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50F in the passes; showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, high temperature 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light southwest wind, highs falling to 45F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps 40-45F; increasing showers today, the snow level lowering to below the passes at 4,500 feet; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 3-6 inches of snow this afternoon, so carry chains or traction tires if you plan on heading into the Cascades. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: W winds are blowing 15-25 knots this morning with choppy seas 11 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Thursday afternoon. W winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, seas 12 feet at 15 seconds, and a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells holding near 12 feet at 15 seconds. Expect a SW breeze tomorrow, 10-15 knots, and seas 12 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for light SW winds 5-10 knots with swells 11 feet on Thursday, SE winds 25-30 knots Friday, swells down to 6 feet, then S winds 25-35 knots on Saturday with combined rough seas building to 17 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially for a couple of hours either side of the very high tide at noon. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/15 Tue 06:01 AM 2.01 L
11/15 Tue 12:12 PM 10.24 H
11/15 Tue 06:50 PM -1.99 L
11/16 Wed 01:28 AM 8.45 H
In Short: Showers and cooler, then continued mainly wet.