Saturday, October 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: It wasn’t necessarily a real barnburner, but the latest storm did produce precipitation amounts averaging around three-quarters of an inch (Lincoln City received the most) and sou’westers 25-30 mph with a few higher gusts (Yachats had the highest). The rain started about noon yesterday and was fairly steady through early this morning with only a few short breaks. How much wind you felt was dependent upon how close you were to the beach. The main ‘wind field’ was aligned north/south and just grazed shore but it was blowin’ like a bandit over local ocean waters. At daybreak, the breeze was still up and heavy drizzle was coming down, with low temps rather warm in the upper-50s following yesterday’s highs near 65F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F/29mph/0.90”
Depoe Bay: 63F/55F/32mph/0.67”
Forecast: It looks like we’ll be getting a brief break from the wet stuff for today’s Farmers Markets in Waldport and Newport, the Birding Field Trip along Siletz Bay in Lincoln City and the Mushroom Festival in Yachats. Decreasing precipitation and maybe some partial clearing is expected with the mercury headed up to 60-65F and light winds. Tonight, mostly cloudy with patchy fog developing and lows about 55F. For tomorrow, the advertised sunshine remains a possibility though it’ll probably be sandwiched between morning fog/low clouds and the next weather front predicted to arrive in the afternoon. Winds are projected to increase again with a chance of showers late in the day. Outlook is for showers and thunderstorms on Monday, rainy and windy Tuesday through Thursday, and the possibility of a dry and partly sunny Friday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, sunbreaks and 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting showers early, partial clearing later with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, showers, then partly cloudy; the snow level is above 8,000. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement today, mostly dry tomorrow.
Marine: If you have to head offshore this morning, you’ll face choppy seas, 10 feet at 11 seconds, and S winds 10-20 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 28 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Gale Watch has been issued for tomorrow beyond 10 nautical miles from shore. Look for S winds today 10-20 knots and square seas 10 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, 10-15 knot southerlies early rising to 20-25 knots mainly well offshore after midnight, seas about 7 feet. For tomorrow, S wind 15-25 knots gusting 30, but up to 35 knots out past 10 miles, and combined lumpy seas of 7-8 feet. Outlook is for S winds 15-25 knots and rough seas 10-15 feet Monday through Wednesday.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/18 Sat 09:45 AM 7.01 H
10/18 Sat 03:44 PM 2.65 L
10/18 Sat 09:33 PM 6.51 H
10/19 Sun 03:47 AM 1.49 L
In Short: Showers, partial clearing, then rainy and windy.