WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: The Sneaky Sea

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, October 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: A little sunshine burned through the clouds late yesterday afternoon helping boost temperatures to the mid-60s, but overcast skies and light winds were the dominant features. All in all, it was a pretty good day to prep for the approaching stormy period. By evening, the clouds thickened in advance of a weather front that brought rain and southwest winds of 15-20 mph overnight and early this morning. The rainfall was in the form of showers so total precipitation amounts varied along the Central Coast; Lincoln City had the most, Newport the least. At daybreak, showers were fading, it was cloudy and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/57F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/0.07”
Newport: 63F/55F/0.06”
Waldport: 66F/56F/0.04”
Yachats: 64F/56F/0.12”

Forecast: The Special Weather Statement for high surf and sneaker waves remains in effect. Dangerous waves are possible along the Central Coast today and tomorrow. The danger is magnified this weekend because the weather is not stormy and long pauses between the larger waves will create a false perception of safe conditions. Today has the greatest potential for sneaker waves, but the surf will remain high throughout the weekend.

For today’s Newport and Waldport Farmers Markets, it should be fairly dry after the showers dissipate. The mercury rises to 60-65F and winds are expected to be light. Tonight and tomorrow look for patchy fog, otherwise dry with some partial clearing; lows near 50F, highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for partly sunny Monday followed by the first in a series of wet and windy weather systems arriving Monday night. Rain, possibly heavy at times, and sou’westers of 20-30 mph are projected for the entire workweek.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have morning showers turning to partly cloudy skies with highs near 70F. For the Cascades, showers; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement this morning, dry this afternoon and tomorrow, but areas of fog are possible. We could see snow down to the Cascade highway passes by Wednesday.

Marine: The long-period swell is building this morning with seas 6 feet at 19 seconds. Winds are W 10-15 knots offshore, but SW 5-15 knots near the beach. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 11:00am today and runs through tomorrow evening. A westerly breeze of 10-15 knots will accompany the rising W swell, up to 11 feet at 19 seconds by this afternoon. Tonight, the long-period swell builds to 15 feet at 17 seconds, and the breeze eases to NW 5-10 knots. Seas remain high and steeper tomorrow at 14 feet with a 16 second period, light winds and patchy morning fog. Outlook is for a series of Pacific storms next week, beginning late Monday as S winds rise to 20-25 knots with choppy 8 foot seas. Tuesday and Wednesday, SW winds 15-25 knots and lumpy seas around 10 feet.

Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… W to SW winds 5-10 knots with a chance of showers today. Dry tomorrow with light NW winds, 5-10 knots, and possibly foggy in the morning. Large, westerly ocean swells entering Yaquina Bay may affect the W end of the course.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, sunbreaks, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Stay away from jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and exposed beaches 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. Surfers: strong rip currents are also expected Saturday and Sunday.
* Tides
10/11 Sat 08:29 AM 2.17 L
10/11 Sat 02:33 PM 9.11 H
10/11 Sat 09:18 PM -0.66 L
10/12 Sun 03:54 AM 7.38 H

In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, patchy fog, then stormy.

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