Wednesday, October 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: We waved goodbye to the fragments of Hurricane Ana yesterday afternoon, though not before she gave us a wet and blustery 12 hours or so. There could have been a lot more precipitation, but much of it was spent prior to landfall; local rain gauges averaged about half an inch. The strongest winds from this sub-tropical storm came from the southwest between 2:00pm yesterday and 3:00am this morning. Of our regular reporting stations, Yachats had the strongest gust at 42 mph; the highest in the area was 62 mph on Mary’s Peak east of Newport. As the breeze eased early today, the rain turned to showers and low temps were again warm in the upper-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/55F/38mph/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 59F/56F/33mph/0.54”
Forecast: The on again, off again weather pattern continues with another day off. We’re between systems today, so expect showers, some sunbreaks, light winds and the thermometer climbing a couple of degrees to about 60F. This pause will be rather short before the next storm reaches the Central Coast tonight bringing rain, an increasing southerly breeze and lows about 55F. The bulk of this slow-moving (though not terribly strong) system will affect us tomorrow with up to an inch of rain and sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for the steady rain to fade and turn to showers sometime Halloween day. But the devil is in the details for our little ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Right now it looks like the switchover to showers will happen right before the kids hit the streets. Saturday, we’re off again with a brief hiatus from the rain, maybe some sunshine, and cooler – highs near 55F, and lows down to 45F. Rain is likely late Sunday through Tuesday.
Halloween Night… Showers likely, light winds and a First Quarter Moon.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, partly sunny and 55-60F. Valley destinations are also expecting showers and sunbreaks with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes Friday night through Sunday. ODOT advises motorists to begin carrying chains or traction tires when traveling over Santiam Pass on Highway 20, regardless of conditions. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning this Saturday, November 1st.
Marine: Winds have fallen to SSW 10-15 knots but seas remain rough this morning, 13 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. Square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds should subside to about 9 feet at 11 seconds later today, and SW winds are expected to remain southerly 5-15 knots. Tonight, SE winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with the swell dropping to around 6 feet. Another front arrives early tomorrow bringing a S breeze 15-20 knots gusting to 25 and choppy 6 foot seas. Outlook is for W to SW wind on Friday 5-10 knots, seas 7 feet. Saturday and Sunday, sou’westers 5-15 knots with the swell building to 7-8 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, surf 7-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/29 Wed 10:27 AM 3.51 L
10/29 Wed 04:19 PM 7.98 H
10/29 Wed 11:24 PM -0.03 L
10/30 Thu 06:23 AM 6.94 H
In Short: Showers, partial clearing, then rain.