Summary: Raincoat, check. Sweatshirt, check. Sunglasses, check. Showers and sunbreaks meant wardrobe changes every little while yesterday as cool, unstable air dominated our area. High temperatures topped out around 50F and rainfall totals were a quarter inch or less. Overnight, it was showery between dusk and 10:00pm before a bit of clearing allowed the nearly full moon to peek out occasionally and the thermometer to settle into the low-40s, albeit Newport Airport recorded 37F this morning. At daybreak, another round of showers had developed and the breeze was generally light.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 700’, 1,400’ & 2,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.21”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/42F/28mph/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 51F/40F/28mph/0.18”
Forecast: It sounds like Astronomy 101 as we look for more Sun and less mercury showing over the next couple of days. Partial clearing today, with fading showers, light west winds and a high around 45F. Tonight, a chance of showers early, then mostly cloudy, low of 35-40F. Mostly sunny tomorrow, moderate east winds and the thermometer stops at 45F or so. Outlook is for the mercury to dip to freezing or a little below Wednesday through Saturday nights, rising to about 40F during the days, with varying amounts of clearing, clouds and precipitation expected through the period. The bottom line is that we’ll be close to another Wintry weather set-up later in the week, but as usual it’s a tough call for the Central Coast and too early to make any solid predictions.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 40F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -22F, fair skies and calm.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, possible patches of black ice and 30-35F in the passes; showers today, temperatures rising to 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, the thermometer peaking at 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light southwest wind, highs of 35-40F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, temps are near 25F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through this morning for numerous snow showers with an additional 2-5 inches accumulation. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Seas have fallen to 8-9 feet at 10 seconds with a WSW breeze 10-15 knots this morning. NW winds easing to 5-10 knots today, swells subsiding to 7 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, NE wind 5 knots and swells down to 6 feet at 9 seconds. NE winds continue tomorrow, 10 knots gusting 15 with swells 5 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots with swells 4-6 feet Wednesday through Friday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, surf 5-7 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/12 Mon 10:16 AM 10.21 H
12/12 Mon 05:02 PM -1.29 L
12/12 Mon 11:37 PM 8.03 H
12/13 Tue 04:51 AM 2.71 L
In Short: Showers, brief drying and colder, then wet again.