The weather pattern will remain somewhat active this week—just active to our north. As a result, we’ll catch the tail ends of several weather systems and impacts will be minor. The next of these will slide by to the north Wednesday into Thursday. Temperatures will remain mild during this time. A stronger, but still somewhat weak system will arrive on Saturday with better rain chances and some wind. Cooler temps can be expected for the weekend.
Wednesday: A few sprinkles in the morning, then partly cloudy and a bit warmer. Highs mainly in the 60s. Thickening clouds and sprinkles possible again late.
Overnight: Partly cloudy skies with light rain chances. Lows in the upper 40s to 50s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and mild with highs in the 60s. Chance for a few sprinkles.
**HIGH SURF ADVISORY**
-Northwest swells 12 to 14 feet at 17 to 18 second periods. Breakers of 16 to 22 feet possible.
-Thursday night through early Saturday morning.
-Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and washing over large rocks and jetties. Use extra caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean water. Cold water shock may cause cardiac arrest, and it also can cause an involuntary gasp reflex causing drowning, even for a good swimmer. Long periods increases the risk of rip currents. The surf zone will be dangerous due to strong currents and powerful breaking waves. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents, localized beach erosion, and sneaker waves.
Extended: Another partly cloudy, possibly sprinkley day on Friday. A weather system will likely bring some light rain on Saturday along with breezy, cooler conditions. After a chilly day on Sunday, expect slow warming out of the weekend. We're also keeping a close eye on next Tuesday and Wednesday, with another atmospheric river possible.
The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for December 18th – 24th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.
El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
(Winter) Forecast: Neutral
This week's normal temperatures: