Thursday, October 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds controlled the sky for most of yesterday, though tossed-in were some puny sunbreaks and a couple of showers around midday. Easterly winds blew lightly 5-10 mph, high temps breached 60F and rainfall was about a tenth of an inch. The broken overcast filled in completely just after sunset and rain showers returned before midnight. Overnight featured a few clearing periods and mainly dry conditions, but more rain started falling about 5:00am. At daybreak, lows were warm in the upper-50s, it was overcast, calm and a light drizzle was keeping the ground wet.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 61F/57F/0.10”
Forecast: The next round of regular ol’ rain is expected to develop today and last through tonight. Precipitation amounts could be near an inch, but it doesn’t appear there’ll be much wind with this system. Highs today around 60F and lows tonight in the low-50s. Tomorrow, we switch over to showers for most of the day with cooler unstable air; the mercury may struggle to hit 55F, and conditions will be ripe for a chance of thunderstorms. We’re still looking (hoping) for a dry weather window for Trick-or-Treaters tomorrow evening, but projections are sticking to a 50-50 chance of showers and possible thunderstorms. It’s all in the timing. If today’s system moves through quickly enough, there is an equal 50-50 chance that the showers will dissipate by sunset. Outlook is for relatively dry on Saturday and Sunday, maybe even a few sunbreaks; the mercury should top out in the 50s, but nighttime lows could dip into the mid-40s. Another storm is predicted to affect the Central Coast Sunday night through early Wednesday. Long term models show a possible dry and partly cloudy stretch late next week.
Halloween Night… Showers likely, possible thunderstorms, calm and a First Quarter Moon.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes (especially Santiam and Willamette) Friday night through Sunday. ODOT is advising motorists to carry chains or traction tires regardless of conditions over Santiam Pass on Highway 20. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning this Saturday, November 1st.
Marine: Breeze and seas are down this morning with 10-15 knots or so of SE wind and swells 5 feet at 6 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until this evening. S winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and a 6 foot swell topped by 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, look for SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with a westerly swell around 5 feet. The breeze should be down to SW 5-10 knots tomorrow, but seas build to 9 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for a NW wind on Saturday, 5-10 knots, and seas about 8 feet. Moderate southerlies 10-20 knots are predicted for Sunday and Monday with seas rising to 10-12 feet.
Notices to Mariners…
* The Alsea Bay Bridge downriver southern red light is out.
* The dredge Karen and assist vessel Bar Boy will be working in Depoe Bay Harbor through November 3rd, 6:00am-6:00pm daily. They monitor VHF Channels 8 and 16.
On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/30 Thu 11:41 AM 3.50 L
10/30 Thu 05:27 PM 7.50 H
10/31 Fri 12:26 AM 0.26 L
10/31 Fri 07:25 AM 7.20 H
In Short: Rain, light wind, then showers.