Summary: Sunny, warm and windy yesterday; easing breeze and clear overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/21mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 65F/36F/26mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 18 mph G25/Altimeter: 30.41”
Forecast: Though we’re still early in this unusual streak of dry and unseasonably warm weather, all indications are that it will continue. So, we have what’s expected to be a December to remember shaping up. (By this time last year, much of the state had already experienced a heavy snowfall and the Central Coast was swimming in several inches of rain.) There’s no real change in the current outlook for today through next Wednesday as we experience mainly clear skies, occasionally windy conditions and thermometer readings above normal with highs of 55F or better and lows of 40-45F. The next chance for any rain in the long term projections is around the 15th, a week from tomorrow.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly dry, but spots of frost are possible, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 35-40F, an Air Stagnation Advisory is in effect. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, a High Wind Warning is in effect for strong east winds 35-50 mph. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, 20-25F, the free air freezing level is at 9,000 feet, east winds gusting 25-35 mph * 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 E 5-15 knots nearshore but blowing 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning at Stonewall Bank with seas 4 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until noon today. Strong offshore flow is producing 20-25 knot gusts through many of the coastal gaps this morning. Winds will gradually weaken this afternoon and tonight, generally remaining SE at 10-15 knots tonight and tomorrow. An offshore front will turn winds more southerly during the weekend, with low-end small craft advisory criteria possibly being reached over the outer waters on Saturday. Winds become offshore again Sunday into Monday. Seas will remain around 5 feet through tomorrow, then increase a foot or two over the weekend. * 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… Sunny, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/07 Thu 8:32 AM 3.19 L
12/07 Thu 2:23 PM 9.18 H
12/07 Thu 9:19 PM -1.06 L
12/08 Fri 4:13 AM 8.05 H
In Short: Mainly clear, relatively warm, and windy at times.