Wednesday, September 24 – Lincoln County
Summary: The first Fall storm of 2014 coincided with the first full day of Autumn yesterday, and it was a real barnburner for so early in the season. Rainfall totals were very impressive at around 2”; Waldport was drenched with 2.23” for the highest amount recorded locally. Stiff southwest winds blew 35-40 mph. Top gusts in the area were 43 mph at Yachats, 47 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 60 mph at Mary’s Peak east of Newport. The strongest winds and heaviest rain arrived in the evening as the actual storm front pushed on shore. Overnight, steady light rain continued and the breeze eased to about 15-20 mph. At daybreak, it was overcast with showers and a moderate southwest wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/61F/31mph/2.12”
Depoe Bay: 64F/59F/34mph/1.81”
Forecast: The heaviest rain and strongest winds have found the exit, but we’ll still face more showers coming through the door today and southwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting up to 30. High temps are expected to be a little lower, maybe 60F, now that a cold front has ushered in chillier air. The chance of showers diminishes tonight along with the wind, and lows dip to 50F or so. Tomorrow, the probability of showers increases again and we could see rainfall totals around a quarter of an inch, high of 60F. Outlook is for showers through Friday, and then unsettled weather for the weekend with patchy fog and drizzle in the mornings, a slight chance of showers but also partly sunny afternoons and warmer thermometer readings of 60-65F. The next weather system is predicted to impact the Central Coast early next week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and 60-70F. Valley destinations will have showers with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, rain and wind; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Cascadia: A magnitude 2.9 earthquake occurred at 4:59am this morning about 8 miles northeast of Siletz in Lincoln County. There were no reports of damage or injuries, but the temblor was strong enough to be felt near the epicenter.
Marine: It’s rough out there this morning; S winds are 20-25 knots and seas have risen to 14 feet at 16 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in place until tomorrow afternoon. For today and tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and steep seas building to 16-19 feet. Expect the seas to subside tomorrow to 12-13 feet along with southerly winds 20-25 knots. Outlook is for improving conditions on Friday; seas about 10 feet and winds down to SW 15-20 knots. Over the weekend, W to NW winds 10-15 knots and the swell subsiding to 6-8 feet with 3 foot windwaves.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-16 feet (high).
* Stay away from jetties and exposed beach locations today. These areas may be periodically inundated by the surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back to the ocean.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/24 Wed 06:49 AM 1.17 L
09/24 Wed 01:02 PM 8.08 H
09/24 Wed 07:14 PM 0.84 L
09/25 Thu 01:27 AM 7.61 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying.