Current Watches and Warnings
Washington, Central Coast
Areal Flood Watch, High Surf Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch
Statement as of 12:34 PM PST on December 19, 2014
Expires 7:00 PM EST on December 20, 2014
852 PM PST Thu Dec 18 2014
... Flood Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through late
* portions of western Washington... including the following
counties... Grays Harbor... Clallam... Jefferson... Skagit...
Whatcom... King... Lewis... Mason... Pierce... Snohomish... Thurston.
* From Saturday afternoon through late Sunday night
* heavy rain is forecast over western Washington Saturday and
Sunday... especially in the mountains. Strong westerly flow
aloft will bring heavy rain at times to the coast and Olympics
on Saturday. Heavy rain will spread into the Cascades Saturday
afternoon. Models currently taper rain over the Olympics on
Sunday but keep heavy rain going in the Cascades through Sunday
night... especially over the Cascades from about King County
south. The total model rainfall over about 48 hours from
Saturday morning through Sunday night amounts to around three
to six inches over the Olympics and central Cascades with a
nine- inch bulls-eye over Mount Rainier. Rainfall over The
Lowlands will generally be an inch or less as the westerly flow
causes a rainshadow east of the Olympics.
* These rainfall amounts are enough to cause flooding. At this
time the rivers most likely to flood are the ones flowing off
the Cascades of King... Pierce... and Lewis counties... as well as
the unusually flood-prone Skokomish River in Mason County. Any
flooding would likely begin Saturday night on the Olympics and
Sunday for the Cascades... with crests Sunday night or Monday.
The exact position of the stream of moisture is uncertain so
this outlook covers the entire olympic peninsula and all of the
A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but
flooding is not imminent or occurring. Monitor the latest
forecasts from the National Weather Service and be ready to act
quickly if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.
... High surf advisory remains in effect from 10 am Friday to 6 am
... Coastal Flood Watch remains in effect from Saturday morning
through Saturday afternoon...
* timing... large energetic waves will move onto the Washington
coast midday Friday and continue through Saturday. The high
swell may combine with a high tide to produce some coastal
flooding midday Saturday.
* Impacts... high surf will make it extremely dangerous to fish or
observe waves from rocks Friday afternoon through Saturday.
Significant wave run up on beaches is likely..,and beach
erosion is possible. Low lying coastal communities such as
Westport... Ocean Shores and La Push may see some flooding around
the Saturday high tide.
* Time of high tide... around 11 am PST Saturday on the central
and North Washington coast.
* Predicted tide... at Neah Bay the predicted high tide is around
10.5 feet. The tide table prediction is around 9.2 feet. Tidal
anomalies will likely be higher than this due to breaking wave
action and tidal anomalies will be similar along the entire
coastline of north and central Washington.
* Seas... 23 to 25 feet Friday afternoon and Friday night and 20
to 22 feet on Saturday.
A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area... producing rip currents and localized beach
A coastal Flood Watch means flooding or beach erosion will occur
if weather conditions develop as predicted. Residents and local
officials should monitor the situation closely and be prepared to
take appropriate action if a warning is issued.
High Wind Watch
Statement as of 3:49 AM PST on December 19, 2014
Expires 3:00 AM EST on December 21, 2014
... High wind watch in effect from late tonight through Saturday
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind
watch... which is in effect from late tonight through Saturday
* Some affected locations... Neah Bay... La Push... Forks... Pacific
Beach... Ocean Shores... Westport... Hoquiam... and the ocean
* timing... winds will rise tonight... peaking on Saturday... then
diminish Saturday night.
* Wind... south wind 20 to 40 mph with local gusts to 45 to 55 mph.
* Impacts... strong winds may cause power outages and knock down
tree limbs and small and weak trees.
A high wind watch means there is the potential for a damaging
Statement as of 12:30 AM PST on December 19, 2014
... Record high temperature tied at Bellingham Airport yesterday...
A record high temperature of 56 degrees was tied at Bellingham WA
Airport on Dec 18th. The old record of 56 was last set in 1979.
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