Thursday, October 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was one those; you know, the kind where you need a raincoat and sunglasses. Mixed sky conditions gave us some decent sunbreaks but just about the time you thought it was safe to go outside, kablooey!, another heavy rain shower dumped a deluge. There were even a few lightning strikes along the Central Coast, though they were just offshore. South winds blew steadily at 20-25 mph with gusts into the 30s; highest in our area was 42 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The mercury came in in the low-60s. By late evening, you didn’t need a raincoat or your shades as skies broke up after dark and the showers ceased. This morning, it was mostly cloudy, low temps settled to the low-50s and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/31mph/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 60F/52F/32mph/0.27”
Forecast: Keep your sunglasses handy, though you may not need them all day. We get a break from the rain today and should see some sunny periods with highs of 60-65F. But, it’s a short-lived hiatus. The next storm system is predicted to arrive late tonight and last through tomorrow. Southerly winds are expected to build to 25-30 mph gusting 40, higher along the beaches and headlands, with periods of rain and seasonal temperatures between 55F and 65F. Outlook is for showers on Saturday, a slight chance of showers and some more sunshine Sunday ahead of the next weather front projected to arrive that evening. Rain is likely through most of next week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, partly sunny; the snow level is at 6,500 feet and morning temps are in the mid-30s.
Marine: Light southeast winds near shore this morning, but it’s blowing 15-20 knots offshore at the Rockpile with seas 10 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar conditions had not been reported. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. There’s no joy in the forecast for mariners. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through Friday morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds runs through tomorrow morning and then the Gale Warning flags will be hoisted for tomorrow afternoon through the evening. S winds today 15-20 knots gusting to 25, seas 10-12 feet, windwaves 5 feet and a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, southerlies 15-25 knots with gusts to 30, and a 7 foot chop on top of steep 10 foot seas at 10 seconds. The southerly rises to 25-35 knots tomorrow along with combined seas 13 feet at 11 seconds building to 17 feet in the afternoon. Outlook is for a break on Saturday as seas subside to 10 feet and the SW breeze falls to 10-15 knots. Another front arrives late Sunday and into Monday with southerlies 15-25 knots, windwaves 4 feet and seas rebuilding to 13 feet.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* Surf may build to high levels again tomorrow.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/16 Thu 08:08 AM 6.54 H
10/16 Thu 01:39 PM 3.57 L
10/16 Thu 07:17 PM 6.49 H
10/17 Fri 02:05 AM 1.29 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, then wet and windy.