Cool and Dry in the East; Turning Stormy in the Northwest

Much cooler temperatures behind a cold front will bring a feeling of fall to the East Coast today. In addition, an active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires.
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Last Update: 819 AM PDT Tue Oct 17 2017

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Medford, OR Local Forecast Office

21NM S Port Orford OR

Marine Zone Forecast

...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY

Synopsis: an approaching front will brush the forecast area north of Cape Blanco and introduce southerly winds there with northerly winds south of Cape Blanco. Seas will be dominated by short period northwest swell. Winds will switch to southerly Wednesday across the waters and increase ahead of a strong cold front Wednesday night to Thursday morning. Gales are possible Cape Blanco northward. Long period and large northwest swells build into the waters late Thursday into Friday behind the front, creating dangerous surf and bar conditions.

Today
NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Within 5 nm of brookings southward, wind variable less than 5 kt...becoming NW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Swell NW 5 to 6 ft at 11 seconds.
Tonight
NW wind 10 to 15 kt...veering to N 5 kt after midnight. Wind variable less than 5 kt early in the morning. Within 5 nm of brookings southward, NW wind 5 kt...becoming variable less than 5 kt in the late evening and early morning. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Swell NW 6 to 8 ft at 11 seconds.
Wed
Northern portion, S wind 5 to 15 kt. Brookings southward, wind variable less than 5 kt...becoming S 5 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Swell NW 5 to 7 ft at 10 seconds.
Wed Night
Northern portion, S wind 15 kt...rising to 20 to 25 kt after midnight. Brookings southward, S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 5 ft... Building to 6 to 7 ft after midnight. Slight chance of rain.
Thu
S wind 20 to 25 kt except S 10 to 15 kt within 5 nm of brookings southward. Wind waves 4 to 7 ft. W swell 7 to 9 ft... Building to 10 to 11 ft in the afternoon. Rain.
Thu Night
SW wind 10 to 15 kt. Wind waves 5 to 7 ft... Subsiding to 3 to 4 ft after midnight. Swell W 16 to 19 ft. Rain.
Fri
SW wind 10 to 15 kt...backing to S. Wind waves 4 to 5 ft... Subsiding to 3 ft after midnight. Swell W 16 to 18 ft.
Sat
SE wind 25 kt...becoming S in the afternoon, then...easing to 25 kt. Wind waves 7 to 8 ft. Swell W 12 to 13 ft.
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Last Update: 819 AM PDT Tue Oct 17 2017
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