Friday, October 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was cloudy, foggy, temps were in the 50s, winds light.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F
Forecast: Our daily recap was truncated today as there’s lots looming. We’ll take things in order of importance. First, the National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for high surf and sneaker waves. Dangerous waves are possible along the Central Coast Saturday and Sunday. A building westerly swell has great potential to produce 16 to 18 foot breaking waves. The danger is magnified this weekend because the weather will not be stormy and long pauses between the bigger waves will create a false perception of safe conditions. Saturday has the greatest potential for large sneaker waves, but the surf will remain high throughout the weekend.
Next on the horizon is a significant change in our weather. There’s about a 50-50 chance of rain tonight and tomorrow morning, so get a tarp over your firewood. Sunday and Monday should be dry with some sunbreaks. Outlook is for the storm season to begin Monday night with a front bringing rainy and windy conditions to the Central Coast. A series of Fall storms is predicted to track through during the entire week with rainfall amounts in inches and winds up to 40 mph. Temperatures remain seasonal at 50-60F.
Travel:: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies with highs near 70F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is a chance of showers and wet pavement tonight and tomorrow, dry on Sunday. We could see snow down to the Cascade highway passes by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Marine: It’s virtually calm offshore this morning with long-period seas 3-4 feet at 17 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Increasing S to SW winds today and tonight, 10-15 knots, W swells 3-4 feet at 17 seconds and patchy fog. Tomorrow, the swell builds to 11-12 feet at 18 seconds with W winds 5-15 knots. Outlook is for a 5-10 knot northerly breeze on Sunday and steeper W swells of 14 feet at 15 seconds. Monday and Tuesday, batten down the hatches for sou’westers rising to 20-25 knots, possibly gusting to gale force at 35 knots.
Notice to Mariners Yaquina Head Light (LLNR 650) will be temporarily disestablished from October 14th to December 23rd to conduct preservation, maintenance and painting of Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Upon completion of the work, Yaquina Head Light will be restored to full operation.
Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… Light and variable winds 5-10 knots with a chance of showers Saturday morning; Sunday looks dry, but possibly foggy in the morning. Large, westerly ocean swells entering Yaquina Bay may affect the W end of the course.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, cloudy, surf 2-3 feet (low)*.
* Stay away from jetties and exposed beach locations this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by high surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean. Surfer’s note: strong rip currents are also expected Saturday and Sunday.
10/10 Fri 07:45 AM 1.61 L
10/10 Fri 01:52 PM 9.46 H
10/10 Fri 08:30 PM -0.92 L
10/11 Sat 03:00 AM 7.81 H
In Short: Patchy fog, mainly cloudy, showers, a break, then stormy.