Monday, October 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Kind of an odd weather system yesterday as the wind and rain arrived separately. Sunbreaks sandwiched between morning low clouds and evening overcast allowed afternoon temps to climb into the upper-60s, while ironically the strongest sou’westers blew at the same time. The breeze died around 9:00pm just as the rain began. Go figure. It rained on and off overnight leaving a tenth to a quarter of an inch in the gauges and winds stayed light. This morning, there was broken overcast, a stray shower or two and the thermometer dipped to the upper-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 68F/57F/38mph/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 66F/57F/36mph/0.12”
Forecast: Look for a mixed bag today and tonight with a few showers, holes in the cloud cover, maybe a thunderstorm, light south winds, highs a little cooler at 60-65F, and lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow we expect a more cohesive and robust Fall weather system to begin impacting the Central Coast by afternoon. Southwest winds rising to 20-30 mph gusting 40 and a 50-50 chance of rain. The strongest part of this storm is predicted to arrive tomorrow night and last through Wednesday. South winds increasing to 25-35 mph gusting near 45 with increasing precipitation, heavy at times. We could see 1-2 inches of rain from this system. Outlook is for additional rain but less wind on Thursday, a chance of rain Friday and showers likely though next weekend. Temperatures remain seasonal at 50-60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 8,000 feet, dropping to near highway pass levels tomorrow.
Marine: Seas remain rough this morning, 13 feet at 14 seconds, and winds are S 15-20 knots offshore, but lighter inshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory remains posted for seas until Tuesday afternoon. S winds today and tonight 15-20 knots gusting to 25 with seas 12-15 feet, the highest well offshore. Things ramp-up again tomorrow and the SCA will probably be replaced by a gale warning as southerlies rise to 20-30 knots in the afternoon with choppy seas 10-12 feet, and then a big blow tomorrow night when a front arrives packing S winds 35 knots gusting 45; combined seas building to 16 feet or higher. Outlook is for S winds 25-30 knots on Wednesday, seas 16 feet. Breeze and seas slowly subside Thursday and Friday.
Notice to Mariners…
A public meeting to discuss government plans to close the US Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport will take place tonight, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. All Central Coast mariners – recreational, charter, search & rescue, commercial, research – are strongly urged to attend this crucial meeting concerning the imminent loss of our local rescue helicopter.
On the Beach… Showers, chance of thunderstorms, sunbreaks, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* Surf could build to dangerous levels by midweek.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/20 Mon 10:51 AM 7.68 H
10/20 Mon 05:07 PM 1.47 L
10/20 Mon 11:13 PM 6.92 H
10/21 Tue 05:03 AM 1.69 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, partial clearing, then stormy.