Edge of the Storm

By: NewportOr , 4:32 PM GMT on November 18, 2013

18Nov2013 - Newport, Oregon

Summary: It remained mostly cloudy yesterday and overnight with some very light rain (below 0.01 inch) and the wind slowly backed from NW to S. Peak gusts were under 20 knots. Temperature range was 47F low to 51F high. The clouds are thickening this morning, and the SSW wind has picked up to 20-25 knots.

Forecast: The headline for today is a High Wind Warning issued this morning by the National Weather Service. In a typical autumn storm pattern for the Central Oregon Coast, a fairly strong and cohesive low is bearing down on the Northwestern US from the west. Winds are expected to ramp up by early afternoon to 35-45 knots with stronger gusts possible along the beaches and headlands, and offshore. There is an ample moisture plume feeding into the system with predictions of 1-3 inches of rainfall before the storm exits the area late tomorrow. The remainder of the week looks much different with dry, colder air from Alaska spilling into a high pressure ridge possibly producing our coldest nights of the season with lows 30-35F but with little if any precipitation.

Marine: Winds were moderate the past 24 hours, mostly below 25 knots, and seas are running about 9 feet this morning. However, a Gale Warning has now been posted for this afternoon through tonight. Winds to 45 knots and seas building into the upper teens expected. These should both slowly subside overnight and into tomorrow.

In short: Dark and gray day, with a storm on the way.

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