Tuesday, September 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Unfolding like an uncanny albeit well-directed play, the first raindrops debuted on the Central Coast stage on cue, precisely as we switched from Summer to Fall at 7:29pm last evening. That came after Summer made a brief farewell appearance, piercing the overcast with a few sunbreaks during the midday act. High temperatures were in the mid-60s following overnight lows in the upper-50s; precipitation amounts varied, with Lincoln City receiving the most. Southwest winds stayed moderate, never reaching above 20 mph. Cloud cover and showers lasted through the night with the heaviest rain occurring between 4:00am and 6:00am. At daybreak, there were lingering rain showers and a light south wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/59F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 64F/58F/0.06”
Forecast: Autumn may be up for a Tony Award after its anticipated show tonight. While it starts off showery today, the first full day of Fall is expected to deliver a stunning performance beginning late this afternoon when the southerly breeze kicks up to 20-25 mph gusting to 35. By tonight, the south wind rises to 30-40 mph with gusts to 55 possible along the beaches and headlands; and, heavy rain on the order of 1-2 inches is projected. For tomorrow, showers will highlight the encore along with breezy conditions – sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting to 40. Outlook is unsettled. Showers remain in the forecast through the weekend, but some sunshine may also be on the bill Saturday and Sunday. More rain enters from stage-west next week.
Travel: Heavy rain tonight may result in localized urban flooding, especially in areas of Northwest Oregon where wildfires have left burn scars. Roads located below burned slopes could be at risk for rapidly moving landslides. Motorists are urged to use caution on all roadways over the next few days. Given the long period of dry weather that has preceded this storm, residual oil and grease on the road surfaces will likely become quite slick at the onset of the heavy rain. In the Coast Range today, showers and 65-75F. Valley destinations will be mostly cloudy with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, showers; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: S winds are 15-20 knots and seas are steep, 6 feet at 7 seconds this morning. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay bar had not reported in. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Batten down the hatches. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon when it gets upgraded to a Gale Watch for this evening. S winds rising to 20-25 knots today with a 6 foot W swell and 5 foot windwaves. Tonight, the southerlies rise to 25-30 knots gusting 40 and combined rough seas of 13-15 feet develop. Seas as high as 17-19 feet are projected for tomorrow accompanied by S winds 20-25 knots gusting to 35. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots and seas subsiding to 12 feet on Thursday. SW winds 15-20 knots Friday, seas down to 9 feet. And for Saturday, look for a light NW breeze of 10 knots, swells 8 feet with a 2 foot chop on top.
On the Beach… Showers, becoming very windy, surf 5-6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/23 Tue 06:19 AM 0.98 L
09/23 Tue 12:35 PM 7.85 H
09/23 Tue 06:40 PM 1.17 L
09/24 Wed 12:49 AM 7.68 H
In Short: Showers, stormy, heavy rain, then more showers.