Wednesday, October 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Monday night’s storm had dissipated by mid-morning yesterday and there was a break in the heaviest rainfall until about dinnertime. Counting what fell last evening and overnight, however, the Central Coast received around an inch of precipitation; Lincoln City had the most. Regionally, Hillsboro reported record rainfall of 0.68” surpassing their old record of 0.49” set in 2009. Winds were light until about 3:00am this morning when a developing local-scale weather system pushed in with sou’westers gusting mainly into the 30s, though Yachats took a gust of 44 mph. At daybreak, it was still breezy and heavy showers punctuated the atmosphere. By the way, we drop below 11 hours of daylight today (10 hours 59 minutes), and we’re still losing about 3 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/54F/25mph/1.15”
Depoe Bay: 60F/53F/37mph/0.82”
Forecast: Pluviophiles (rain lovers) should be rejoicing in light of the current predictions as we look for another half inch or so of precipitation today and more on the way. Brief sunbreaks and thunderstorms are also possible due to cool and unstable air. Southwest winds are expected to stay up around 20-25 mph gusting to 30-35, and the high temp this afternoon tops out near 60F. Tonight, a diminishing chance of showers and wind, and tomorrow could be nearly dry (pluviophiles, pout here). Lows overnight of 50-55F, highs on Thursday 60-65F. Outlook is for a rain fan’s feast on Friday and Saturday as another wet and windy storm assaults our area. Sunday may be a grimace period for our pluviophile friends with only a slight chance of showers, but next week it appears the weather will return smiles to their faces as rain returns.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, windy, rain showers and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and breezy conditions with highs near 60F. For the Cascades, showers, windy; the snow level is down to 5,500 feet but should remain slightly above the Cascade highway passes.
Marine: Steep seas, 13 feet at 12 seconds, and SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 30 are creating rough conditions this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in place until tomorrow morning. SW winds today 20-25 knots with gusts to 35 before noon, seas 12 feet with 6 foot windwaves. The breeze and seas stay up tonight with southerlies 20-25 knots and combined seas 14 feet at 14 seconds, subsiding after midnight to 12 feet. Tomorrow, expect S winds 20-25 knots rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 in the afternoon with combined slab-sided seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for a gale on Friday as S winds increase to 30-35 knots gusting to 45 and combined rough seas build to 17 feet. On Saturday, southerlies 10-15 knots, seas 10 feet, but another front arrives Sunday packing 25-30 knots of S wind and combined seas of 14 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 11-12 feet (high).
* Surf may build to dangerous levels by the weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/15 Wed 12:20 PM 3.71 L
10/15 Wed 06:02 PM 6.82 H
10/16 Thu 01:04 AM 1.07 L
10/16 Thu 08:08 AM 6.54 H
In Short: Showers, windy, brief drying, then wet and breezy.