WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: The New Normal

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, October 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: With a broad canvas and hue-filled palette, yesterday’s sky was painted in nearly every color and style . Clouds, sunbreaks, heavy showers and even a little thunder daubed Sunday with nearly every shade of weather. The one element missing was high wind, but after Saturday’s big blow, who needed it? We did get a few gusts during the heaviest showers, but nothing much past 30 mph. The most precipitation was recorded in the southern section of the Central Coast; Waldport had almost a third of an inch. High temperatures were around 60F. Skies cleared after sunset, and a fine little sliver of Moon was visible. This morning, clouds from the next weather system were filling in offshore, winds were light and lows dipped to about 50F. Other parts of the state are getting much colder these days; it was down to 21F in Baker early today.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/53F/0.08”
Depoe Bay: 58F/51F/0.08”
Newport: 59F/46F/0.17”
Waldport: 61F/50F/0.30”
Yachats: 61F/52F/0.27”

Forecast: There’s a pattern here – storm, break, storm, break, ad infinitum. It appears to be the new normal for our area and the latest predictions back that up. Today’s short break includes a little sunshine, light winds and highs about 60F, but WON SUN-CLOUDSalso increasing clouds as the leading edge of the next storm arrives. Tonight and tomorrow, rainy and breezy conditions return. Winds shouldn’t be nearly as high as Saturday, but still expect southerlies 20-25 mph gusting to 45. Precipitation from this system (which includes remnants of Hurricane Ana) should be 1-2” max. Outlook is for a break on Wednesday, another storm Thursday into Friday, and a break for the weekend. The mercury will remain seasonal at 50-60F through the week.

Halloween Night… Showers likely, light winds and a peek-a-boo Moon.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and 55-60F. Valley destinations are also expecting overcast skies with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, partly sunny; the snow level is 8,000 feet. There are patches of ice and 32F this morning at Santiam Pass on Highway 20, but 37F with wet pavement at Government Camp on Highway 26. NOTE: While it is time to start thinking about using traction devices for mountain travel, under Oregon’s Chain Law, running studded tires on your vehicle is unlawful until Saturday, November 1st.

Cascadia: A magnitude 2.9 earthquake was recorded at 12:41am this morning 19 miles west of Waldport. There were no reports of the temblor being felt.

Marine: The breeze is out of the SSE 10-15 knots this morning and seas have fallen to 7-8 feet at 10 seconds. As of WON GALE8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Warning goes into effect late tonight and runs through Tuesday morning. Winds slowly rising this afternoon to southerly 15-20 knots with seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 in the evening and then 30-35 knots gusting 40 after midnight, combined rough seas building to 14 feet at 10 seconds. For tomorrow, S wind 25-30 knots gusting 40 in the morning, easing to S 20-25 with gusts to 30 by afternoon; very rough seas topping out around 17 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots through Friday, seas falling to 7-11 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 5-10 feet (moderate).
* Surf rebuilding to high levels tomorrow.
* Tides
10/27 Mon 08:38 AM 3.08 L
10/27 Mon 02:37 PM 8.72 H
10/27 Mon 09:35 PM -0.49 L
10/28 Tue 04:22 AM 6.96 H

In Short: Mainly overcast, light winds, then storm, break, storm, break, etc.

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