Saturday, November 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Landing on the right side of the 50-50 chance of showers last evening, the kiddies got a dry treat instead of a wet trick. As we’d mentioned earlier, it was all in the timing. The previous weather system dissipated by late afternoon; the showers and rainbows left the building well before dusk. High temps yesterday rose to about 60F and winds remained light. Skies were mostly clear until midnight when fog developed. Visibility dropped to less than half a mile at the Newport airport. At dawn, it was foggy along the beach, mainly clear inland but cooler as lows dipped into the low-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/46F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 58F/43F/0.01”
Yachats: 60F/46F/<0.01” Forecast: Looks like a good morning to bring in some firewood before the next round of showers, which could develop before the day is out. You’ll probably need to fire-up your woodstove or fireplace as the mercury stays cool with a high today of 55F and low tonight around 45F. The leading edge of the next weather system of consequence arrives late tomorrow bringing increasing chances of rain and sou’westers 10-15 mph gusting 25-30. Outlook is for rain on Monday, heavy rain and windy Monday night into Tuesday, a break on Wednesday, and another storm on Thursday. Long range projections diverge toward the end of the week with some showing a stretch of sunshine, others predicting more rain.
Time Change… Remember to Fall back; set your clocks to standard time tonight before turning in. And, sometime this weekend, check the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, chance of showers and 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting fog, sunbreaks and showers with highs of 55F. For the Cascades, rain and snow; the snow level is 4,500 feet. Temperatures are down to 29F with spots of ice this morning at Santiam and Willamette Passes, and there’s an ODOT advisory to carry chains or traction tires. Government Camp on Highway 26 is warmer at 34F. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry early, then wet pavement later today, tonight and tomorrow. Accumulating snow is possible in the Cascades down to the highway passes today through Sunday. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning today. However, because of the damage caused by studded tires, the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary. Delaying putting on studded tires, or using other types of traction tires, is helpful for the condition of our highways.
Marine: Seas are still square this morning, 9 feet at 9 seconds, winds are miniscule, N at 5 knots, and it’s foggy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less and to uninspected passenger vessels 32 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today, expect northerlies (for a change) 5-15 knots and seas relaxing to 8 feet at 13 seconds. The wind begins NW 10-15 knots tonight, but switches to SW again after midnight, 10-15 knots; seas fall to 7 feet. Tomorrow, S winds rising to 20-25 knots by afternoon with choppy seas around 5 feet. Outlook is for southerlies on Monday, 20-25 knots and the swell rebuilding to 9 feet. A gale is projected for Monday night with S wind 25-30 knots gusting to 35 and combined rough seas of 13 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, a SSW breeze 15-25 knots, seas subsiding to 6-10 feet. Yet another gale is possible toward the end of the week.
On the Beach… Fog, sunny periods, showers later, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/01 Sat 08:22 AM 7.63 H
11/01 Sat 02:20 PM 2.50 L
11/01 Sat 08:09 PM 7.02 H
11/02 Sun 01:30 AM 0.77 L
In Short: Patchy fog, mixed sky, chance of showers, light wind, then stormy.