The Dance

By: NewportOr , 3:57 PM GMT on December 03, 2013

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03Dec2013 - Newport, Oregon

Summary: Swing your partner round and round -- the arriving cold air and the departing moisture have been dancing around since yesterday. While they were twirling, we saw sunshine, heavy rain showers, hail and even a little sleet thrown in for effect. Total precipitation, however, wasn't excessive. Northwest winds were still pushing 25-30 knots in the morning, but quickly faded out. Highs on the Central Coast topped out at 50F and this morning's lows are reflecting the cooler air, down to near freezing, but not quite.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/37F/0.25"
Newport: 50F/33F/0.12"
Yachats/Waldport: 49F/37F/0.11"

Forecast: We will probably see the last temperatures of 40F or above today when the sun comes out, before the regime changes to quite cold for the next week or so. Daytime highs should move above the freezing mark, say 35-38F, but overnight lows will be in the 20s. Winds look to be light easterlies. Still a chance for a shower or two today. Outlook is for not much in the way of moisture for a couple of days, until Thursday night and Friday. That's when a small low pressure system is predicted to come in off the ocean, centered right over Newport; and there will still be plenty of cold air entrenched. Should that situation develop, we'll have the necessary scenario to bring snow right down to the beach. Using a mix of all available forecasts and computer models, the current prediction is for 1-2 inches on the ground in the Central Coast region Thursday night, Friday morning.

Marine: After a blustery stretch of rough weather, the ocean has settled down considerably this morning. Winds are much lighter (but with an occasional gust to 20 knots), and the Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas expires at 10:00am. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted today, Depoe Bay bar is restricted to all recreational craft and uninspected passenger vessels. Through the week, light to moderate ENE winds, anywhere from 5-20 knots, are expected with today's 10 foot seas falling to 8 feet by this afternoon, and then 3-5 feet. But it'll be chilly, so suit up before shoving off.

On the Beach... cold, light wind, surf 10 feet, falling to 3-5 feet the rest of week. King tides are occurring today through Thursday, with the highest today ay 11:30am. Want to learn more about these unusually large tides? Go to the Oregon King Tides project website here: http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/

Tides
12/03 Tue 11:30 AM 10.34 H
12/03 Tue 06:30 PM -1.89 L
12/04 Wed 01:13 AM 7.86 H
12/04 Wed 06:17 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Cold, clear, chance of snow this week

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