Winds roared, hail rained down like bullets, lightning was bright and loud over the north end of town and the scene under street lights illuminating sheets of rain and hail looked like a late night hurricane scene in Miami – only much colder. 37 degrees in Newport at 6:30pm.
Heavy rain is pounding the Willamette Valley and the Portland area as a strong winter cold front comes ashore, blowing up high surf that is crashing chaotically outside, the surf line and on the beaches. No one but those wrapped in a steel line anchored to a bridge abutment should be anywhere near the water this evening. Waves are quite large and they’re breaking erratically creating untold rip currents that propel liquid highways straight out to sea from which, under current conditions, escape is well neigh impossible.
The latest forecast from NOAA:
Tonight…Rain in the evening…then showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms. Very windy. Some thunderstorms may produce small hail after midnight. (It’s already here) Lows around 40. (It’s lower than that now) South wind 25 to 35 mph…with gusts to 60 mph near beaches and headlands in the evening…then southwest wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Rainfall amounts around a half of an inch…except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday…Showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms. Breezy. Some thunderstorms may produce small hail. Highs 40 to 45. West wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half of an inch…except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.