Summary: When it rains, it pours. Though there were several substantial breaks between showers yesterday, when the wet stuff arrived it was a deluge. Fortunately, none of the showers lasted very long so overall precip totals came in at only about a third of an inch. High temperatures for the day were recorded in the morning before cooler air drove the thermometer down to around 50F after lunch. The strongest wind gusts came with a cold front in the early afternoon. The showery pattern continued overnight, and temps dipped to the mid-40s. At dawn, it was raining and the breeze blew out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,500’, overcast @ 2,200’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: ESE 6 mph/Pressure: 29.91”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/46F/30mph/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 55F/44F/34mph/0.29”
Forecast: The firehose will be on and off again today and tonight as a series of heavy rain showers and possible thunderstorms continue to roll through the Central Coast. Mostly light winds but gusty in the showers, cool, with a high temp about 50F and a low around 45F. We should dry out a little tomorrow with a mix of showers and sunshine, the mercury in the low-50s. Outlook is for Friday to be mainly dry until late afternoon or evening when the next storm system starts to impact our area. Beyond Friday, it looks wet and sometimes windy with occasional dry periods through next Tuesday. But, in the words of the National Weather Service, “There are enough differences between computer models that timing the breaks in the wet weather remains a lost cause.” The thermometer is projected to stay in the normal November zone with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40F in the passes; showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, light southwest wind, high 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps 25-30F; snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for an additional 2-5 inches of snow, 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: Winds have come down to SSW 5-15 knots this morning and seas are 12 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. SW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15, but gusts to 30 knots are possible in showers and thunderstorms today and tonight, seas 11-12 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, S winds 5-10 knots with swells 11 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Friday, swells 6 feet, then southerly winds 15-25 knots return Saturday and Sunday and seas rebuild to 13 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 this afternoon’s King Tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/16 Wed 06:49 AM 2.33 L
11/16 Wed 12:57 PM 10.09 H (King Tide)
11/16 Wed 07:38 PM -1.89 L
11/17 Thu 02:20 AM 8.35 H
In Short: Showers, cooler, a short break, then wet and windy.