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Sunrise 7:43AMSunset 4:27PM Thursday December 12, 2019 5:13 AM PST (13:13 UTC) Moonrise 5:11PMMoonset 8:14AM Illumination 99% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 15 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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PZZ210 Columbia River Bar- 220 Am Pst Thu Dec 12 2019
.small craft advisory in effect through late tonight...
In the main channel.. - general seas...12 to 14 ft early this morning increasing to 17 to 19 ft towards midday Thursday where seas will linger through Thursday night. - first ebb...around 430 am Thursday. Seas near 16 ft with breakers. - second ebb...very strong. Around 445 pm Thursday. Seas near 20 ft with breakers. - third ebb...around 515 am Friday. Seas near 20 ft with breakers.
PZZ200 220 Am Pst Thu Dec 12 2019
Synopsis for the southern washington and northern oregon coast.. A showery weather pattern will produce periods of gusty winds and large seas through early Friday. A weak surface low pressure will likely move southeastward towards california Saturday before weak high pressure shifts across the waters on Sunday. Offshore flow will likely develop early next week.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Jeffers Gardens, OR
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Area Discussion for - Portland, OR
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Portland OR 328 AM PST Thu Dec 12 2019

SYNOPSIS. Mountain snow and valley showers will continue today and tonight then gradually decrease from north to south on Friday. Weaker systems brushing the forecast area bring a chance for precipitation over the weekend.

SHORT TERM. Thursday through Saturday . Nearly vertically stacked low centered in the Gulf of Alaska covers much of the north Pacific. Satellite shows large area of showers offshore that is heading toward the PacNW. Lightning is noted near 44N, 130W as an embedded shortwave in the westerly flow. This feature will track to the south WA and north OR coast today to bring a chance of thunderstorms later this morning and in the afternoon. Will have to watch how much surface low development occurs this morning as it could enhance the vertical shear. Current showers are mainly orographic in nature since the the higher moisture values are elevated. That will change this afternoon as the shortwave arrives so we should see more widespread showers. Orographics will largely drive the snow amounts for the Cascades where a winter storm warning continues through Friday above 4000 to 5000 ft. Current precipitation rates in the Cascades are less than 0.1"/hr, that will increase this afternoon so could see snow rate 1-2"/hr this afternoon and evening. The snow levels will initially be high enough that heavy snow is not expected at pass levels today. But the snow level drops to pass levels tonight so passes could have up to half a foot of new snow by Friday AM. The snow level continues to drop, lowering to about 2500 feet on Saturday. But by then snowfall will have also eased. Otherwise to not see hydrologic issues, other than the possibility of ponding of water where leaf clogged storm drains and heavy showers coincide.

In addition to rain, today also looks like a breezy day though significant wind impacts aren't expected. Operational model runs are pretty consistent in showing about a 4 mb gradient in the Willamette Valley this afternoon, which should translate to winds well below Wind Advisory criteria. In the Cascades, wind will combine with snow, but given the wet nature of the snow, don't think the combo will cause long lasting significant visibility reductions.

Of note to beachgoers, Thursday's surf is likely to bring hazardous beach conditions in the form of consistently higher than usual wave run-ups (high surf) and occasional surprising extra long run-ups (sneaker waves). See the High Surf Advisory for more details.

Also with the cold pool, snow levels in the Cascades will fall late Thursday afternoon through Friday, settling around 3500 to 4000 ft Friday, then dropping further Saturday to around 2500 ft. Expect showery conditions as the snow level drops, so while widespread snow accumulations after Friday morning are expected to be unimpressive, on/off snow will continue through at least Saturday. /mh Bowen

LONG TERM. Saturday night through Wednesday . Operational models seem to be in agreement that an upper level trough will move through the area Saturday night through Monday, decreasing chances for precipitation for the forecast area. Snow levels during this time will settle around 2500 ft bringing snow to the Cascades. Beginning Monday night, operational models are in agreement that an upper level ridge will develop over the Pacific NW until at least Tuesday. This should result in a break from the rainy pattern. However, uncertainty remains in the duration of this ridging. Following this brief dry period, an active pattern continues for the foreseeable future starting Wednesday. -Thaler

AVIATION. A showery and unstable weather pattern today will result in predominantly MVFR and VFR conditions through 00z Friday. It should be noted that pockets of IFR and LIFR conditions will still exist, particularly along the coast and across the western Willamette Valley at sites like KHIO, KMMV and KSPB this morning where fog and low clouds will be more likely to form for a several hour period. There will also likely be an enhancement in shower coverage and intensity between 17-20z Thursday. These showers could result in conditions temporarily deteriorating into IFR thresholds and a rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out either. Winds should begin to subside after 00z Friday and the lower atmosphere will begin to stabilize, which should result in conditions deteriorating into a mix of LIFR, IFR and MVFR conditions across much of the area between 06-18z Friday.

KPDX AND APPROACHES . A showery and unstable weather pattern should lead to predominantly VFR and MVFR conditions through 00z Friday. Decreasing winds and a stabilizing atmosphere thereafter should lead to conditions deteriorating more solidly into MVFR and IFR thresholds. It should be noted that a few heavier rain showers will likely move across the terminal in the 17-20z timeframe per the latest high resolution model data so these could produce temporarily reduce conditions into IFR thresholds. /Neuman

MARINE. A showery and unstable weather pattern will produce periods of gusty winds and a slight chance of thunderstorms across the waters today. There could be a gust or two to 35 kt during any stronger showers or thunderstorms, but in general it appears wind gusts should generally top out in the 25-33 kt range. A small craft advisory is in effect, but will need to monitor surface observations and short term models in case it appears more widespread Gale Force winds will occur as it will likely be close. The bigger marine weather story today will be the large seas. Current seas are in the 11-13 ft range and should climb into the 17-19 ft range per the latest wave model data towards midday today. Seas should then linger in this range through at least daybreak on Friday.

Weak high pressure building over the waters on Friday should lead to winds and seas subsiding during the afternoon hours. Models are in fair agreement a weak surface low pressure will drop southeastward towards northern California Saturday, but it appears it will remain far enough removed to prevent the need for any advisories or warnings related to winds. Surface high pressure will then transit the waters Sunday before high pressure builds inland and turns winds easterly across the waters early next week. Nonetheless, seas do not look to drop below 10 ft until late Saturday and even then may continue to flirt with the 10 ft mark through the weekend. An additional front should bring a bump in winds and seas towards the end of next week.

Finally, will keep the high surf advisory in place even though the latest ENP guidance suggests our coastline will stay just shy of criteria when taking into account significant wave height and period. While we may not hit strict criteria, it will be close enough that the basic message that the surf zone should be avoided today and the risk for sneaker waves along area beaches exists still remain relevant. /Neuman

PQR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. OR . High Surf Advisory from 8 AM this morning to 6 PM PST this evening for Central Oregon Coast-North Oregon Coast.

Winter Storm Warning until noon PST Friday for Cascades in Lane County-Northern Oregon Cascades.

WA . High Surf Advisory from 8 AM this morning to 6 PM PST this evening for South Washington Coast.

Winter Storm Warning until noon PST Friday for South Washington Cascades.

PZ . Small Craft Advisory until 3 AM PST Friday for coastal waters from Cape Shoalwater WA to Florence OR out 10 NM.Columbia River Bar-coastal waters from Cape Shoalwater WA to Florence OR from 10 to 60 NM.




Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
ASTO3 - 9439040 - Astoria, OR 6 mi61 min SSE 8.9 G 11 51°F 46°F1013.6 hPa
46243 - Clatsop Spit, OR - 162 14 mi43 min 49°F12 ft
46029 - COL RIVER BAR - 20NM West of Columbia River Mouth 33 mi83 min SSW 18 G 21 51°F 50°F11 ft1013 hPa (+1.5)50°F
TOKW1 - 9440910 - Toke Point, WA 37 mi61 min S 16 G 18 50°F 48°F1013.2 hPa
46248 - Astoria Canyon, OR (179) 41 mi43 min 51°F12 ft
TLBO3 - 9437540 - Garibaldi, Tillamook Bay, OR 43 mi61 min 49°F1015.2 hPa
LOPW1 - 9440422 - Longview, WA 49 mi61 min 46°F1015 hPa

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Airport Reports
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Astoria, Astoria Regional Airport, OR1 mi18 minS 11 G 176.00 miFog/Mist51°F48°F92%1013.5 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Astoria (Port Docks), Columbia River, Oregon
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Astoria (Port Docks)
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Thu -- 01:35 AM PST     7.09 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:57 AM PST     3.22 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 07:48 AM PST     Sunrise
Thu -- 08:13 AM PST     Moonset
Thu -- 12:36 PM PST     9.08 feet High Tide
Thu -- 04:29 PM PST     Sunset
Thu -- 05:11 PM PST     Moonrise
Thu -- 07:55 PM PST     -0.76 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Hungry Harbor., Columbia River, Washington
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Thu -- 01:48 AM PST     7.39 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:51 AM PST     3.32 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 07:49 AM PST     Sunrise
Thu -- 08:14 AM PST     Moonset
Thu -- 12:48 PM PST     9.38 feet High Tide
Thu -- 04:28 PM PST     Sunset
Thu -- 05:10 PM PST     Moonrise
Thu -- 07:49 PM PST     -0.66 feet Low Tide
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