It’s that time of year when the whales begin to migrate south and you can sneak a peak! So a special forecast today, the Whale Watching Weather Forecast!
Right now we’re transitioning into more of a zonal flow. That’s when our main airflow travels west to east. During this time, we’ll see a lot of moisture move in, and a lot of shower chances popping up. That means if you have a chance to whale watch today, head to the coast! By late afternoon or dinner time tonight, we’ll see the first band of showers move in. Showers will stay in the forecast for the rest of the week.
With these pulses of rain will also come some wind. There is a Wind Watch already issued for the Coos County and Curry County coast for the mid-week. However, high winds will also kick up some high waves. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for the same areas until 4 p.m. tonight. Don’t stand too close to the water where the waves crash, as sneaker waves can wash you into the water.
Also due to the high winds and waves, a Hazardous Seas Warning and Small Craft Advisory has been issued. Seas will be between 12 to 15 feet with swells out of the west at about 14 seconds. We’ll see a brief lull this afternoon, but later tonight dangerous and sometimes chaotic seas will stick around through Thursday morning. Peak sea heights will be around 20 feet. With the high seas, we’ll also see gusty winds of 25 to 30 knots, with gusts of 35 to even 50 knots by Tuesday afternoon. The strongest winds and highest seas are expected north of Gold Beach.
— Meteorologist, Megan Taylor