Tuesday, October 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out much like we’d anticipated, with sunshine and clouds battling for dominance. The thermometer was in the low-60s and winds were light. Increasing clouds were apparent before sunset, but the actual front associated with an approaching weather system didn’t hit shore until about 1:00am this morning. The southerly breeze built quickly and the first raindrops were recorded around 3:00am. By daylight, rain gauges showed around a tenth of an inch, winds were gusty and the mercury stayed fairly warm; Newport had the highest temperature in Oregon at 8:00am, 59F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F/31mph/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 60F/49F/32mph/0.11”
Forecast: As you can probably tell, today’s storm is significantly different than the last few. Remnants of Hurricane Ana are disturbing this weather disturbance causing the wind and rain to be somewhat sporadic and high temps to remain right around 60F. There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms. Things should be slowly settling down as the day progresses. By this evening and into tonight, the rain turns to showers and the breeze eases. Tomorrow, look for a 50-50 chance of showers, light winds and highs again of 60F. Outlook is for the next storm system to come in tomorrow night lasting into Friday bringing an inch or better of rain and southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting 30. Back to a showery regime for Trick-or-Treaters on Friday night and through early Sunday before yet another system arrives late Sunday. In the long term, the active Fall weather pattern shows no sign of breaking down.
Halloween Night… Showers likely, light winds and a First Quarter Moon.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy, windy and 55-60F. Valley destinations are also expecting rainy and breezy conditions with highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain and wind; the snow level is 8,000 feet. ODOT advises carrying chains or traction tires if you’re traveling over Santiam Pass on Highway 20 today. NOTE: Even though under Oregon’s Chain Law, studded tires aren’t legal until this Saturday, November 1st, exceptions (like today) are allowed.
Marine: It’s blowin’ a gale with S winds 30-35 knots gusting to 40 this morning and seas are rough, 13 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported in. A Gale Warning is flying until 11:00am for southerlies 30-40 knots, easing to 20-25 knots gusting 30 by this afternoon with combined steep seas building to 16 feet at 11 seconds. The breeze eases tonight to 15-20 knots and square seas subside to 12 feet at 12 seconds. For tomorrow, expect SW winds 5-10 knots with the swell dropping to 9-10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and choppy seas 7-10 feet through Saturday.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-15 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, especially during high tide this afternoon. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
10/28 Tue 09:27 AM 3.34 L
10/28 Tue 03:23 PM 8.41 H
10/28 Tue 10:27 PM -0.30 L
10/29 Wed 05:20 AM 6.87 H
In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then more storms.