Summary: It was indeed blustery and wet yesterday. Southerly winds blew most of the day, strongest overnight, reaching the upper-40s; the highest gust in the region was 75 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. Rainfall amounts were nothing to sneeze at, either, as total precip passed two inches in spots; Waldport had the least, Lincoln City the most. The heaviest rain and highest wind gusts were recorded between 11:00pm and 4:00am. Things had settled down considerably by daybreak with just a few light showers around and winds were down to NW 10-20 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 4,800’ & 5,000’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: NW 14 mph G21/Altimeter: 30.25”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/41mph/2.25”
Depoe Bay: 53F/46F/47mph/2.22”
The Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for portions of Northwest Oregon, including the following areas… Central Coast Range of Western Oregon, Central Oregon Coast, Central Willamette Valley, Coast Range of Northwest Oregon, greater Portland Metro area, lower Columbia, North Oregon Coast and South Willamette Valley. The watch is in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon. Heavy rain overnight combined with snowmelt runoff has resulted in sharp rises on rivers, streams and creeks. Localized urban flooding is also possible this morning. Rivers of most concern at this time are rivers draining the east and west slopes of the Coast Range and Johnson Creek in the Portland Metro area. Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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Forecast: Today will be like one of those flashback episodes on TV with snapshots of everything we’ve seen during the season. For this final day of Autumn, rain early, then showers, sunbreaks, moderate breezes and the thermometer peaking at 45-50F, coolest later in the day. Tonight, patchy fog, otherwise mostly clear, lows of 35-40F. We’re still looking for sunshine tomorrow after some fog in the morning, light wind and a high about 50F. Outlook is for rain Thursday, showers likely Friday, a chance of showers on Saturday. Highs 45F and lows near 35F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/partial clearing, low 30-35F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -12F, partly cloudy, calm.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement and 45F in the passes, a landslide is partially blocking Highway 34 about 9 miles east of Alsea with short delays possible; rain ending, showers and partial clearing today, highs 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain turning to showers, highs 40-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for heavy rain early, showers later, west winds gusting 25 mph, high 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways are slushy and wet with the snowpack breaking up this morning, temps 35-40F; rain turning to showers, with the snow level decreasing from 6,000 to 3,500 feet this afternoon but no new snow is predicted. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Seas are 13-14 feet at 9 seconds this morning with WNW winds 15-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until noon today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 easing to 10-15 knots by this afternoon, swells 18 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, a NW breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15 veering to E after midnight with swells 17 feet at 15 seconds. E winds 5-10 knots tomorrow, swells subsiding to 14 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 15-20 knots Thursday, NW winds 15-20 knots Friday, and N winds 15-20 knots on Saturday; swells 10-12 feet throughout the extended period. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/20 Tue 11:26 AM 3.21 L
12/20 Tue 05:07 PM 6.70 H
12/20 Tue 11:20 PM 1.68 L
12/21 Wed 06:13 AM 8.06 H
In Short: Showers, partial clearing, then unsettled.