WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Halos and Helos

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, October 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: A handful of scattered clouds and an ocean haze were about all that marred an otherwise sunny Sunday. High temps climbed to the mid-60s. Winds were mostly light, except in Yachats where an isolated shower cell produced a gust of 23 mph and left the ground damp. Skies remained partly cloudy throughout the evening and overnight; the thermometer settled to 50-55F. Just before sunrise, there was a bright halo visible around the waning gibbous Moon. These lunar halos, or rainbow-like rings, are often the harbinger of wet and stormy weather. At daybreak, it was partly cloudy and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/56F
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F
Newport: 64F/48F
Waldport: 64F/48F
Yachats: 65F/54F

Forecast: We’re off to the races with a green light for the storm track. Expect thickening clouds after morning sunshine today and then a chance of rain by afternoon, highs of 60-65F and south winds rising to 10-15 mph gusting 25-30. Tonight, the first in a series of Autumn storms arrives with sou’westers 20-25 mph and gusts to 40 mph; total rainfall amounts with this system could top an inch. Look for more rain tomorrow coupled with a chance of thunderstorms, lighter winds, and the mercury cooling to 55-60F. Outlook is for another stormy day on Wednesday, a possible short-lived break on Thursday, and then a more powerful weather system is targeting the Central Coast for Friday, lasting into the weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of rain and 70F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet. There’s a chance of snow down to the Cascade highway passes Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Marine: Seas have subsided to about 8 feet at 12 seconds this morning and winds are S 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 2:00pm and runs through this evening. Southerly winds rising to 20-25 knots by this afternoon with W swells 9 feet and 5 foot windwaves. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, easing a little after midnight, and lumpy seas 9-10 feet. For tomorrow, look for lighter winds, SW 10 knots and a W swell of 9 feet. Outlook is for a gale-force storm on Wednesday packing southerlies 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 and combined choppy seas rising to 16 feet. Thursday and Friday, S winds 20-25 knots and seas 10-14 feet.

Notice to Mariners… If you have not yet signed the petition to keep the US Coast Guard rescue helicopter stationed at the Newport airport, we urge you to please do so today. Federal government plans to close the helo’s base on November 30th will almost certainly lead to loss of life on the Central Coast, not only among those who venture out to sea, but for unaware landlubbers frolicking along our sometimes dangerous shoreline. This is a no-brainer, shipmates; sign today. Click here to sign.

On the Beach… Becoming cloudy, breezy, rainy, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* Surf is expected to rebuild to dangerous levels again by mid-week.
* Tides
10/13 Mon 10:06 AM 3.20 L
10/13 Mon 04:03 PM 7.98 H
10/13 Mon 11:02 PM 0.26 L
10/14 Tue 05:55 AM 6.64 H

In Short: Increasing clouds, windy, then stormy all week.

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