Tuesday, October 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: It started off like any other typical Fall 2014 day with sunshine following a few morning clouds. But a warm front swept in around noon yesterday bringing overcast skies, gusty winds and rising temperatures. The first smattering of raindrops fell in the late afternoon and by early evening we had steady rain when a cold front came ashore. Precipitation amounts were between a half and three quarters of an inch. Southerly winds blew 20-30 mph with higher gusts including 41 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 67 mph at Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range. The rain continued through much of the night, turning to showers around 4:00am. This morning it was cloudy, temps were around 50-55F and the breeze had fallen light.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/56F/35mph/0.74”
Depoe Bay: 66F/54F/33mph/0.63”
Forecast: Unsettled and wet weather is in the cards for the next several days, but a few short breaks are also in the hand we’ve been dealt. Showers are anticipated today, maybe even a thunderstorm, with rainfall between a quarter and a half inch, highs about 60F and light southerly winds. The next front is expected to come ashore tonight as winds rise to south 10-15 mph gusting to 25, with showers, possible thunderstorms and the thermometer dropping to about 50F. Windier tomorrow, southerlies gusting to 35-40 mph again, showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Outlook is for a couple of wild cards to be played – Thursday and Sunday may be nearly dry with some sunbreaks, but otherwise we’ll be trumped by a series of storm systems through early next week. Look for seasonal temperatures and rainfall with breezy periods.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain showers and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is down to 7,500 feet. There’s a chance of snow down to the Cascade highway passes tomorrow.
Marine: It’s rough offshore this morning with seas 9 feet at 12 seconds, 6 foot windwaves and the breeze is S 15-20 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through late Wednesday night. A Small Craft Advisory for winds kicks-in late tonight and runs through tomorrow evening. For today, SW winds 15 knots gusting to 20, but easing this afternoon to 10 knots; W swells 9 feet with 2-4 foot chop on top. Tonight, the breeze rises to S 20-25 knots gusting 30 and windwaves build to 7 feet on a 9 foot swell; a chance of thunderstorms is in the mix, too. Another sloppy day is on tap for tomorrow with SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, combined seas around 11 feet and a chance of thunderstorms. Outlook is for southerlies 25-30 knots on Thursday with combined seas 12 feet, followed by a possible gale Friday with S winds 30-35 knots and combined seas building to 16 feet. Lighter conditions are expected on Saturday as the breeze drops to S 10-15 knots and seas subside to 10 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, chance of thunderstorms, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* Surf may build to dangerous levels later in the week.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/14 Tue 11:06 AM 3.56 L
10/14 Tue 04:57 PM 7.35 H
10/15 Wed 12:01 AM 0.72 L
10/15 Wed 07:03 AM 6.50 H
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then wet and unsettled.