Friday, October 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: For the most part, we got a break from the stormy weather yesterday. There were mixed conditions with some extended sunbreaks, a modest southwest breeze of 15-20 mph, a couple of light rain showers and a few minor thunderstorms, mainly offshore. While the Central Coast saw a few flashes of lightning, an intense thunderstorm actually generated a tornado which touched-down in Longview, Washington, about 12:30pm. Officially classed as an EF1, winds topped 50 mph and considerable damage was caused. Locally, the showers faded away during the evening and overnight with starbreaks in the clouds and low temps rather warm in the mid-50s. Lincoln City was tied with Brookings for the highest low temperature in Oregon, 55F. By dawn, clouds again masked the sky and a light breeze wafted out of the east-southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/55F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 59F/54F/0.09”
Newport: 61F/54F/<0.01” Waldport: 61F/54F/0.09” Yachats: 60F/53F/0.18” Forecast: The National Weather Service renewed its Special Weather Statement this morning for possible strong winds this weekend in Northwest Oregon. A low pressure system is forecast to develop well off the Northern California coast today and move northeast toward the Oregon coast tonight. There is the potential for high winds, especially along the Central Coast, and windy conditions in the Willamette Valley. There is still plenty of uncertainty regarding the strength and timing of this system. If high winds occur, downed trees and power outages would be possible. At this time it looks like the strongest winds would blow late Saturday afternoon through the evening.
The early part of today should be an extension of our break from the stormy weather, but rain is expected to develop again by lunchtime. Temps rise to 60F or so this afternoon. The breeze will be light from the southeast, but a High Wind Watch for strong sou’westers may be issued before the day is out as the next storm’s track and strength becomes more apparent. Rain tonight with northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25 and the mercury drifts down to 55F. Sometime tomorrow the next more powerful weather system arrives, the breeze rises to southerly 25-30 mph gusting 45 and rainfall increases. Outlook is for showers on Sunday and Monday. A wild card will be played Monday night as remnants of Hurricane Ana impact the forecast. Though specifics are still up in the air, so to speak, this storm could include another round of high winds and heavy rain. Looks like a break on Tuesday before another storm hits the Central Coast midweek.
Halloween… Trick or Treaters face a 50-50 chance of showers and light winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by noon with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement and windy, with snow possible down to the Cascade highway passes on Sunday.
Marine: Conditions are relatively benign this morning with light SE winds around 10 knots and seas 8-9 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Gale Watch goes into effect this evening and runs through tomorrow morning. Light ESE winds today, 10 knots or so, with the swell around 8 feet and rain by this afternoon. Tonight, expect E winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 early and to southerly 25-35 knots with gusts to 40 after midnight; combined seas building to 11 feet at 12 seconds. Really rough seas are projected for tomorrow, averaging 17 feet at 10 seconds along with S winds 30-35 knots gusting to 45. Outlook is for an easing breeze on Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells subsiding to 8 feet. But, don’t get your hopes up. Another storm is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday, packing sou’westers 25-30 knots and lumpy seas rebuilding to 8-13 feet.
On the Beach… Rain by afternoon, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* Surf and wind may build to high levels this weekend.
10/24 Fri 12:49 PM 8.81 H
10/24 Fri 07:29 PM -0.34 L
10/25 Sat 01:58 AM 7.34 H
10/25 Sat 07:19 AM 2.52 L
In Short: Rain developing, light winds, then stormy.