Thursday, October 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The Pineapple Express helped fuel intense rainfall along the Central Coast yesterday with amounts near predictions at 2-4”. The Valley got plenty, too, as record rainfall of 1.88” fell in Portland, breaking the old mark of 1.31” in 1951. The breeze was nothing to sneeze at, either. Yachats had a gust of 51 mph, it hit 52 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 71 mph at Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range. The thermometer topped out at about 60F and the wind settled down for a while in the afternoon, but returned sporadically in the evening and overnight. The steady rain turned to showers, but some were drenching. This morning, showers continued, it was windy at times and low temps were in the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain*…
Lincoln City: 59F/55F/40mph/2.22”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/38mph/2.67”
*Rainfall listed is for the past 24 hours, but overall storm totals surpassed 4.00” in some areas.
Forecast: The National Weather Service issued a new Special Weather Statement this morning for potential strong winds this weekend for Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, including the Central Coast. A low pressure system is forecast to develop well off the Northern California coast Friday and move northeast toward the Oregon and Washington coasts and then inland on Saturday, possibly bringing high winds to the coast and even the Willamette Valley. If high winds do occur, they would knock down trees and cause power outages as well as make driving difficult particularly in high profile vehicles and on bridges and overpasses. At this time it looks like the highest winds would occur late Saturday afternoon and into the overnight hours.
Remnants of Hurricane Ana are involved in the weekend prognosis; right now, the storm is tracking toward the Northwest. Albeit Ana will lose its classification as a tropical storm, impacts for us could still be substantial.
For today, look for showers and a chance of thunderstorms, high about 60F and breezy. Mostly cloudy tonight, showers likely with lows of 50F. Steady rain returns tomorrow along with light east winds and the mercury just makes 60F. Outlook is for a storm to arrive Saturday with the potential for strong winds up to 60 mph, high surf and deluges of rain. Sunday and Monday, we’re down to a chance of showers again and a break from the intense weather systems. But that’ll be short-lived as the next storm arrives Monday night into Tuesday and then possibly yet another later in the week.
Travel: For all areas of Northwest Oregon, heavy rain showers may cause debris flows and localized flooding on streets, roads and highways. In the Coast Range today, showers, chance of thunderstorms and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, showers; the snow level is at 6,500 feet. Snow is possible down to the highway passes late this weekend.
Marine: Seas have receded to 10-11 feet at 13 seconds this morning and winds are SSW 15-25 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 6:00pm. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is up through late tonight. Today, expect SW winds 15 knots gusting to 25 and seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds with showers and a chance of thunderstorms. The breeze eases to S 10-15 knots tonight and tomorrow, choppy seas about 9 feet. Outlook is for another storm Saturday with southerly gale-force winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 or higher, seas building to 16 feet, and then up to 20 feet by Saturday night. Sunday and Monday we’ll be between systems so the wind drops to SW 10-15 knots with seas 12 feet subsiding to 7 feet. Next storm is on track for Monday night and Tuesday.
Notices to Mariners…
* The commercial fishing fleet is already gearing up for the opening of crab season in December. 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 October 20th, Oregon State University deployed four research buoys approximately 7 nautical miles SW of Yaquina Bay. For exact coordinates and more information, see the latest US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners.
* Yaquina Head light has been discontinued until December for a lighthouse restoration project.
On the Beach… Showery, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Surf and wind may build to very high levels this weekend.
10/23 Thu 12:18 PM 8.62 H
10/23 Thu 06:52 PM -0.02 L
10/24 Fri 01:17 AM 7.35 H
10/24 Fri 06:44 AM 2.26 L
In Short: Heavy showers, moderate winds, then continued stormy.