28 Nov 2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Small talk relegated yesterday’s sun and cloud mix to the ‘nice day’ category; and sure, we tell our guests, it’s always like that here. Highs pushing 60F along the Central Coast on Wednesday and no precipitation in the area put holiday travelers on a clear road. Though lows near 40F and east winds gusting 10-15 knots kept just enough chill in the air that we were reminded that it’s November, not September. The last of the clouds drifted off overnight. This morning, save one lonely jet contrail, skies were totally clear.
Past 24 hours high/low
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 59F/48F
Forecast: Rather than reading the minutia today, let’s enjoy our Thanksgiving and boil down the giblets, I mean the forecast, into a summary of the changes to come. Sunny, mild and light east winds today, high in the mid-to-upper 50s. Tonight’s low once again in the 40s. Little change in these temps through the holiday weekend. But, the sky will be changing slowly to more cloudy beginning tomorrow, with increasing chances of rain by Saturday. Sunday, a fairly potent storm with rainfall as high as 1-3 inches is expected to drench the Central Coast. The elephant enters the room Sunday night with the arrival of arctic air, and an outside chance of light snow showers. Outlook past Sunday is for extremely cold air, possibly the coldest in several years, to arrive Monday. Through next week we could see highs struggling to make it above freezing, and lows in the mid-20s, or even lower.
Special Section – Holiday Travel: Forecasters and their computers remain uncertain of the timing of the cold air and associated moisture on Sunday evening. Could be a close call for getting over the passes if you dawdle too long Sunday before heading over the Coast Range on Highways 18 and 20. Stay tuned. Should be more specific details on this event later in the weekend.
Marine: Seas are up a bit this morning, to around 9 feet, and the Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 36 feet and under. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Winds and waves will remain reasonable, even dropping off some, today and tomorrow. A southerly wind shift on Saturday may start ramping up the breeze, and by Sunday the arrival of a cold front could push mariners into a small craft advisory situation with SW winds gusting 20-25 knots, and seas building to the low teens or higher by Monday.
On the Beach…
Mild, light east winds, surf 8 feet
11/28 Thu 02:47 PM 1.39 L
11/28 Thu 08:55 PM 6.1 H
11/29 Fri 02:11 AM 2.62 L
11/29 Fri 08:40 AM 8.78 H
In Short: Fair, then wet, soon very cold.