Saturday, August 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: High clouds, hazy sunshine, muggy air, warm temperatures of 70F or better and light winds paint yesterday’s picture, at least until midnight. That’s when the leading edge of the usually strong late-Summer storm arrived; cloud cover thickened and the wind flashed up to 20-25 mph out of the southwest. As the night wore on, the breeze continued to increase and by 4:00am it was howling 35 mph gusting 50 or more. Peak gusts around the area were 61 mph at Yachats and 86 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. There wasn’t a lot of rain with this storm and precipitation totals so far have been under a quarter inch. At daybreak, the sou’westers blew even harder, it was overcast and spittin’ a little rain.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 76F/63F/53mph/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 70F/60F/45mph/0.18”
The High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Oregon Coast remains in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. On beaches and headlands, south winds 35-45 mph with gusts to 70 mph. In coastal communities, south winds 25-35 mph with gusts 50-60 mph. The strongest winds will be before 11:00am. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions. These winds could cause problems for outdoor events, especially those with temporary outdoor facilities such as tents and canopies. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for increasingly large seas today which may allow occasional waves to run higher up the beach than normal. Please avoid jetties, offshore rocks and beaches near the surf zone as larger than normal waves will be capable of knocking people off their feet and sweeping them away into the ocean.
Forecast: The storm should be all over but the shoutin’ by this afternoon as the breeze eases, showers fade and sunbreaks appear. High about 60F today. By tonight, the sou’westers are expected to relax to 15-20 mph gusting 30 but showers remain likely; lows around 55F. Showers continue tomorrow morning followed by mixed skies after noon, light southerly winds and the mercury topping out at 60-65F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Monday through Wednesday, drying and clearing Thursday and Friday. Temperatures remain seasonal all week.
Travel: Oils that have built up on the pavement during our extensive period of dry weather this Summer will cause Northwest Oregon roads to become extra slippery during this weekend’s rain event. Be sure to slow down, use caution and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
In the Coast Range today, High Wind Warning in effect until noon for gusts to 60 mph, rain turning to showers with 65-70F. Valley destinations have a Wind Advisory through noon for gusts to 40 mph, rain, showers and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; rain, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, windy, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is sometimes wet and possibly slick roads through Sunday night.
Marine: It’s rough this morning; winds are S 30-45 knots with seas 8 feet at 7 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect until noon today for S winds rising to 30-40 knots gusting 50 and combined seas building to 15 feet at 11 seconds. Southerlies easing to 25-30 knots gusting 35 this afternoon and tonight with combined seas 12-14 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds falling to 15 knots, swells subsiding to 7 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 10-15 knots and swells 8-9 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, extremely breezy, surf 15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
08/29 Sat 06:32 AM -1.30 L
08/29 Sat 01:02 PM 8.08 H
08/29 Sat 06:43 PM 0.81 L
08/30 Sun 12:55 AM 9.06 H
In Short: Showery, very windy, then mixed skies and showers.