Summary: Mixed skies and a couple light showers yesterday and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 50F/41F/22mph/0.07”/2.25”
Depoe Bay: 50F/37F/19mph/0.07”/2.05”
*Since last dry day, November 30th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 4,200’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 7 mph/Altimeter: 30.56”
Forecast: There’s dry weather ahead for an unusually long period. Mainly clear, some night/morning clouds/fog possible, light to moderate east winds, highs 50-55F and lows 35-45F from today through at least next Sunday, probably longer. Looking at local statistics, it appears the last time Northwest Oregon had 10 consecutive December days with less than 0.01″ of precipitation was in 2009. That has only happened 10 times since the early 1940s for a recurrence interval around 8 years. So, on our 8th year since the last long dry stretch in December, this one is very punctual, arriving right on schedule.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have black ice in spots, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, icy in some areas, thermometer readings 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge has mostly dry pavement, temperatures near 40F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, very cold, 10-20F, the free air freezing level is at the surface, carry chains or traction tires. * Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.
Marine: Winds are NE 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 miles offshore from 6:00pm this evening through late tonight. High pressure will remain over Central Coast waters for the next several days. Stronger high pressure inland will bring increasing offshore flow Tuesday through Friday. Seas currently well below 10 feet may get close to 10 feet again late tonight through tomorrow evening. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* December’s King Tides are underway, so stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/04 Mon 11:51 AM 10.49 H (King Tide)
12/04 Mon 6:48 PM -2.00 L
12/05 Tue 1:30 AM 8.08 H
12/05 Tue 6:39 AM 2.90 L
In Short: Mainly clear and dry.