Friday, August 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: We’re already off to a roaring start with precipitation, even though the predicted heavy rain is still about 12 hours out. Showers arrived on the Central Coast overnight leaving from a tenth to a third of an inch in the rain gauges. Of course, that was on the heels of very nice Summer weather yesterday, including sunshine, highs about 70F and light winds. The transformation began around sunset as clouds moved in and there was already some light rain being reported before midnight. The heaviest shower passed through at 1:30am this morning. Drizzle was in the air at dawn, and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 73F/57F/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 69F/55F/0.27”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. An unusually strong late August storm system is becoming increasingly likely to move northward along the coast producing south winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 65. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
The Special Weather Statement is also still in effect for the most rain we’ve seen since March. Rainfall accumulations through the weekend will probably range from 1-2 inches along the Central Coast and Coast Range to 0.75 to 1.5 inches in the Cascades and 0.5 inches or higher in the valleys. The heaviest rain will be tonight into tomorrow, but a second system will add to the rainfall totals Saturday night into early Sunday. If all of this unfolds as expected, the rain will likely ease the dry fire conditions dramatically over Northwest Oregon for at least the next week or two. The rain and wind will also cause problems for those with outdoor activities planned for this weekend. Snow levels will generally stay above 8,000 feet, but climbing area mountains is not recommended.
Forecast: Light rain is possible until about noon today before we transition to a chance of showers for the afternoon. The mercury tops out in the low-60s and winds are expected to be light. The storm is on track to come ashore tonight with increasing winds and rain, up to a half inch. Tomorrow is going to be the big wind day as southerlies howl at 25-30 mph gusting 50-60, and another half inch or better of precipitation falls. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Sunday, then slowly decreasing shower probabilities Monday through Wednesday, and back to Summer with mostly sunny skies on Thursday. Seasonal temps range from 50-65F 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 the first part of the coming 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, rain turning to showers with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, showers and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; a slight chance of showers, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet and possibly slick roads through Sunday night.
Despite the forecast, outdoor burning remains banned in most of Northwest Oregon including State Parks and ocean beaches.
Marine: Conditions remain light this morning with S winds 10 knots and seas 4 feet at 15 seconds. But, it’s gonna change quickly by tonight when a Gale Warning goes into effect. For today, southerlies 10-15 knots with swells holding at 4 feet. Tonight, S winds rising to 25-30 knots and windwaves building to 5-7 feet. The biggest blow is expected tomorrow as southerly winds increase to 30-35 knots gusting 45 with very rough combined seas 10-15 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for sou’westers 15-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday, swells staying up around 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* Strong winds with surf building to high levels Saturday and Sunday.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/28 Fri 05:48 AM -1.10 L
08/28 Fri 12:21 PM 7.50 H
08/28 Fri 05:53 PM 1.50 H
08/29 Sat 00:04 AM 8.90 H
In Short: Showers, light wind, then rainy and very windy.