Summary: Pluviophiles could take their pick yesterday as we had all flavors of non-freezing precipitation (using official National Weather Service standard terminology). There was mist, light drizzle, moderate drizzle, and light, moderate and heavy rain. The most rain fell between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, which was also when the strongest winds blew. The thermometer maxed out for the day in the low 50s. It was pretty quiet overnight with just a smidge of drizzle, hardly any wind and a low in the mid-40s. This morning, there were mostly cloudy skies, a bit of mist and it was dead calm.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,100’ & 5,000’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Pressure: 30.42”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/48F/24mph/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/33mph/0.15”
A High Surf Advisory for the Central Coast issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until noon today. Seas 19-22 feet gradually subsiding through the day. Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and washing over large rocks and jetties. These large waves can be erratic, unpredictable and carry ocean debris like large logs with them. Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
Forecast: If you wanna get wet today, it’ll probably have to be from the high surf ocean spray (stay way back from the surf zone!) because there’s not much rain expected until tonight. A slight chance of showers, light winds and a high this afternoon of 50-55F. Rain by late this evening with southwest winds 10-15 mph and a low near 45F. The rain continues tomorrow morning, turning to showers by lunchtime, the mercury peaking at 45-50F. Outlook is for unsettled conditions with cooler temps next week. Rain, showers, breezy at times, highs around 45F and lows 35-40F. While the Valley may see some snow showers, it now looks like it won’t get quite cold enough here on the Central Coast.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, patchy fog and 40F in the passes; a chance of showers today, high temperature 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for scattered showers turning to rain, light west winds, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways are mainly wet but with some stretches of packed snow and slush this morning, temps 30-35F, carry chains or use traction tires. A chance of rain/snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads through Sunday night at elevations below 1,500 feet, but snow in the Cascades with 2-5 inches accumulation tonight and 5-9 inches in the passes tomorrow as the snow level drops to 2,500 feet or lower. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are out of the WNW 5-15 knots this morning with swells 15 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Tuesday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late tonight through Sunday evening. SW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 today, swells building to 22 feet at 18 seconds this morning, then subsiding to 18 feet this afternoon. Tonight, sou’westers rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and square seas 15 feet at 15 seconds. The breeze veers to northerly tomorrow 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells subsiding to 13 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for W wind 20-25 knots Monday, swells 12 feet, NE winds Tuesday and swells about 11 feet, then S winds 20-25 knots Wednesday, combined seas 7 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of showers, light breeze, surf 19-22 feet (high).
* High Surf Advisory in effect. Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially around this afternoon’s high 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.
12/03 Sat 08:07 AM 3.89 L
12/03 Sat 01:56 PM 8.20 H
12/03 Sat 08:44 PM 0.04 L
12/04 Sun 03:40 AM 7.41 H
In Short: Chance of showers, rain, moderate winds, then unsettled and cooler.