Friday, October 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: For the middle of October, you just can’t buy weather much better than yesterday’s. A mix of sun and clouds, leaning heavily toward sunshine, permitted outer wardrobe layers to be peeled away and tee-shirts became all the rage through the afternoon. The thermometer rose to the mid-60s and southerly winds were fairly light at 10-15 mph. By late afternoon, the next storm front was on the horizon, literally, as the first bands of clouds approached from the southwest. Overnight, the overcast filled in and this morning light rain showers began dampening the area, producing a couple hundredths of an inch of precipitation.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/56F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F/0.02”
Forecast: Raincoats will be back in fashion today as another storm system barrels in. Albeit today starts off showery, expect steady rain to develop by this afternoon and southerly winds rising to 20-30 mph with gusts near 40. The mercury floats around in the low-60s. Showers and windy tonight with low temps steady at 60F or so. Tomorrow, we’re down to a 50-50 chance of morning showers followed by some partial clearing, a light breeze and highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for mostly dry, high 65F and some tee-shirt sunshine on Sunday before a progressive weather pattern determines your wardrobe and sense of fashion for the workweek ahead. Look for rainy and windy periods alternating with episodes of showers and sunbreaks.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy, windy and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 8,000. Outlook for weekend travelers is for showers and wet pavement tomorrow, drying on Sunday.
Marine: SE winds are up to 20-25 knots offshore this morning with steep seas 10 feet at 10 seconds; winds are light SE near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening for S winds 25-35 knots gusting to 45, and combined seas 12 feet building to 15-20 feet. Lighter winds and lower seas are expected near shore. Tonight, expect southerlies 20-30 knots gusting 40, easing after midnight, with seas subsiding to 13 feet late. Breeze and seas lay down tomorrow; S winds drop to 10-15 knots and seas fall to 10 feet but remain lumpy, and square, at 10 seconds. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Sunday with southerlies 20-25 knots and 10 foot seas. Monday and Tuesday, winds continue from the S at 15-25 knots and the swell rebuilds to 12-15 feet.
Notices to Mariners…
* A public meeting to discuss government plans to close the US Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport will take place this coming Monday, October 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. Please plan to attend this very important meeting.
* On Tuesday, October 21st, the US Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct AIS test messaging from all USCG NAIS base stations for up to 15 minutes on the hour, from 4:00am-3:15pm PDT. These messages can be identified by their MMSI numbers, 003669139 or 00366613, and by the words ‘USCG TEST’ within their contents.
* Operation Safe Crab is a coordinated effort to protect fishermen in the Oregon and Washington Dungeness Crab Fishery. Many unsafe conditions can be detected and corrected at the dock prior to a vessel getting underway. Fishing vessel safety examiners will be conducting voluntary safety checks and dockside examinations in Newport October 28th-31st and November 24th-26th.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
10/17 Fri 09:02 AM 6.74 H
10/17 Fri 02:49 PM 3.18 L
10/17 Fri 08:30 PM 6.41 H
10/18 Sat 03:00 AM 1.41 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, a break, then stormy.