WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Waning Wind, Rising Rainfall

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, October 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: The latest Fall storm was sluggish coming in, arriving a little later than advertised. For most of yesterday, it was somewhat breezy, though there were also some sunbreaks and a few showers. It wasn’t until about 10:00pm last night that the brunt of the storm barreled into the Central Coast. Southerly winds picked-up rapidly to 25-35 mph. Of our regular reporting stations, Yachats had the highest gust at 43 mph, while the anemometer on the Yaquina Bay Bridge hit 44 mph and Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport recorded a gust of 62 mph. Regionally, most headlands and beaches along the Oregon Coast received gusts of 45-55 mph with the highest on Cape Mears at 66 mph. By early this morning, the wind was slowly fading but the rain was steadily increasing.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/56F/32mph/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 61F/56F/32mph/0.21”
Newport: 63F/54F/41mph/0.17”
Waldport: 65F/55F/36mph/0.27”
Yachats: 62F/57F/43mph/0.53”

Forecast: The High Wind Warning expires at noon today, but the Special Weather Statement for heavy rain remains in effect. This is shaping up to be a Pineapple Express (or Atmospheric River) event as the current weather system is WON RAINtapped into oodles of tropical moisture. So, while the breeze subsides, the rain increases to heavy at times with 1-2 inches possible today and another 1-2 inches tonight. Look for a little break tomorrow as we slide into a showery scenario, maybe a half inch of precipitation, sunbreaks and sou’westers 10-20 mph. Outlook is for some rain and light wind on Friday, but another fairly powerful storm is developing for Friday night into Saturday with an additional round of high winds and rain. Sunday should feature a short hiatus before a third storm arrives on Monday, lasting into Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the period are expected to be seasonal at 50-60F.

Travel: For all areas of Northwest Oregon, windy with heavy rain possibly causing debris and localized flooding on streets, roads and highways. In the Coast Range today, breezy, heavy rain and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and wind with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rainy and breezy; the snow level is at 8,000 feet.

Marine: Extremely rough seas this morning, 17-20 feet at 10 seconds, and S winds are blowing 25-35 knots with higher WON GALEgusts. A Gale Warning remains in effect until 11:00am this morning for S winds 30-35 knots gusting to 45, dropping to 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 this afternoon; seas 18 feet subsiding to 15 feet at 14 seconds, and heavy rain. A break, sort of, tonight as winds fall to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas come down to 12 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, expect SW winds 15-20 knots and mixed rough seas 11 feet. Outlook is for a relatively quiet day Friday with a SE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and choppy seas of 9 feet. Another gale is predicted Friday night and Saturday as southerly winds rise to 30-35 knots and combined seas build to around 15 feet. Sou’westers are predicted for Sunday, 10-15 knots, with seas about 10 feet.

On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 15-20 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 today, especially during the high tide around noon. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
10/22 Wed 11:49 AM 8.35 H
10/22 Wed 06:17 PM 0.40 L
10/23 Thu 12:36 AM 7.27 H
10/23 Thu 06:10 AM 2.03 L

In Short: Heavy rain, windy, then continued stormy.

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