Summary: The anticipated windstorm arrived late last evening and by midnight it was indeed blowin’ like a bandit. Steady southwest winds 40-50 mph were common along the Central Coast. Yachats topped the ‘Gust List’ just before midnight with 72 mph; Lincoln City wasn’t far behind at 70 mph. The overall highest gust in Western Oregon was 91 mph recorded at 10:30pm last night on Mary’s Peak southeast of Newport at 4,137 feet of elevation. There was a deluge of rain as well, with most locations reporting over an inch. By daylight this morning, the breeze was down to 15-25 mph gusting into the 30s, though the rain hadn’t let up. Temperatures haven’t strayed very far from 50F over the past day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 52F/49F/1.24”/70 mph
Depoe Bay: 49F/47F/1.42”/51 mph
Newport: 50F/48F/1.25”/61 mph
Waldport: 50F/48F/1.12”/52 mph
Yachats: 51F/49F/0.65”/72 mph
Forecast: Less wind, more rain about sums it up for the near-term forecast. Add in areas of fog tonight and tomorrow. The rain today could be heavy at times, turning to showers by tonight. With all this precipitation, and mountain snows melting, our next concern is potential flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for 2-3 inches of rain over the next few days. Sharp rises on some creeks and rivers are expected today but flooding is unlikely. However, rivers will remain fairly high, and additional heavy rain this weekend may cause some rivers and tributaries to rise above flood stage. Outlook is for winds to remain southerly, mostly 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 through early next week. High and low temperatures should stay between 45F and 50F. Rain or showers are forecast throughout the ten-day long-term period. There is currently no light at the end of the tunnel.
Travel: A general caution for all Central Coast streets, roads and highways due to the strong winds – trees, limbs and overhead lines may be down or drooping over the pavement today. There are lots of rubbish containers and other detritus on the streets, too. With that caveat, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, foggy and above freezing with wet pavement this morning. Valley destinations have rain and temperatures in the 40s forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are mostly clear and wet, but carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is above the passes at about 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack… 85”, a gain of 6” since yesterday; 30% below water-year average.
Marine: Offshore this morning, WSW winds have died down to 15-20 knots, but seas have risen dramatically to 17 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas, 13-15 feet at 10 seconds, remains in effect through this evening. Those should be down to 10 feet by tonight, with SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 30. Tomorrow, southerlies 15-20 gusting 25, seas 8 feet. Outlook is for another storm to arrive Thursday night into Friday packing SW winds of 25-30 knots gusting 40, combined seas rising to 12 feet. More snotty weather is expected over the weekend with SW winds 30-35 knots, possibly storm force at times, and seas 20-25 feet by Sunday.
On the Beach… Rain, fog, breezy, surf 10 feet (moderate).
02/12 Wed 10:19 AM 8.46 H
02/12 Wed 05:10 PM 0.2 L
02/12 Wed 11:46 PM 7.19 H
02/13 Thu 05:01 AM 3.08 L
In Short: Rain, fog, windy at times, no change for the long-term.