Summary: The stats are in (see below) and if you thought November was extraordinarily wet, you’re right – we had over five inches of rain above normal. For the year, we’re still a couple inches shy of the average precipitation total. But, considering that late-Winter, Spring and Summer were unusually dry, a lot of ground has been made up this Fall. There wasn’t much rainfall added to the total yesterday as we closed out the month with a measly tenth of an inch. In fact, it was one of those days where every time you went outside, the weather was different. Showers, drizzle, sunshine, clouds, haze and wind varying from light easterly to a nor’wester gusting into the 20s. High temps were in the low-50s, the overnight low dipped around 40F; Newport bottomed out at 37F for the chilliest locally. This morning, skies were mostly cloudy and it was dead calm.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,400’, 2,800’ & 5,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 5 mph/Pressure: 30.34”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 53F/40F/0.09”
Monthly/Yearly Precipitation Totals…
November 2016: 16.15”
November Normal: 10.67”
So Far in 2016: 67.23”
Annual Average: 70.99”
Forecast: Rain gauges won’t collect much today to begin December’s tally, but scattered showers are probable. Expect light northwest winds and a high about 50F. There’s a chance of rain tonight, low 45F, then rain likely tomorrow, areas of fog, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and the mercury climbing to 50-55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday, then rainy and breezy Sunday as a strong front moves through the region ushering in the first cold air of the season. This will bring low elevation snow to the Coast Range, Cascade Foothills, and Cascades on Sunday night and Monday. Rain showers are predicted Monday through Wednesday along the Central Coast with highs of just 45F and lows down to 35F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 35F in the passes; scattered showers today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a few showers, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, light west wind, high of 40F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered this morning, temps 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes. Scattered snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning but seas are still rough 14-footers at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect tomorrow. NW winds 10-15 knots today, seas subsiding to around 11 feet by late this afternoon. Tonight, S winds 10-15 knots with swells 11 feet at 12 seconds. The next storms system comes through tomorrow bringing southerlies 15-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for a light westerly 10-15 knots on Saturday, swells building to 17 feet, then NW winds 20-25 knots Sunday and Monday, swells holding at 16-17 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mixed sky, chance of showers, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/01 Thu 06:49 AM 3.62 L
12/01 Thu 12:45 PM 8.71 H
12/01 Thu 07:30 PM -0.33 L
12/02 Fri 02:17 AM 7.50 H
In Short: Possible showers, light wind, stormy, then unsettled and cool.