Wednesday, October 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Summer gravy train was derailed yesterday by a hefty deposit of marine air on the tracks. While there were a few partly sunny periods, the weather scene was dominated by low clouds, fog and drizzle for much of the day. Thermometers struggled to get past 60F (many didn’t) and winds were light out of the southwest. Overcast skies continued through the evening and overnight, blotting out the total lunar eclipse, and low temps were in the 50s. The fog finally lifted about 3:00am revealing a solid cloud deck above. This morning, there were some bright spots in the overcast and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 65F/58F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 58F/54F/0.01”
Forecast: The weather train will soon be on a different track, the storm track. For the next few days, however, we’ll be mopping up yesterday’s Summer derailment with messy and conflicting solutions. Meteorologists and computer models are wrestling with a variety of possibilities, so we’ll take the center track. For today, becoming partly sunny with highs of 60-65F and light northwest winds. Patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies and calm tonight with the mercury settling to 50-55F. A little more sunshine is expected tomorrow after morning fog, highs of 60-65F, and light west wind. Outlook is for a chance of rain Friday and/or Saturday, highs in the low-60s and light winds. The Pacific storm track could be laid as early as Sunday with increasing chances of precipitation. It looks like next week will be wet and windy, with current projections showing the Pineapple Express train roaring toward us. If/when it arrives at the Central Coast station, we may see rainfall measured in inches along with our first high wind event(s) of Autumn.
Travel:: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have partly sunny skies with a high of 75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.
Marine: It’s dang near flat out there this morning – dead calm and rounded 3-4 feet seas at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Fairly benign conditions with N winds 5-10 knots, seas 2-3 feet and patchy fog are on tap for today, tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for winds turning SW 5-15 knots Friday through Sunday. The big story will be seas as a W swell of 10-12 feet is projected to arrive over the weekend. SW weather with a series of storms is on the table for next week.
Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… Light and variable winds 5-10 knots with a chance of rain. Large ocean swells may make the W end of the course a little lumpy.
On the Beach… Fog, mostly cloudy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/08 Wed 12:33 PM 9.47 H
10/08 Wed 06:57 PM -0.72 L
10/09 Thu 01:18 AM 8.41 H
10/09 Thu 07:02 AM 1.10 L
In Short: Patchy fog, mostly cloudy, then rain by weekend.