Sunday, November 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: No surprise packages arrived yesterday as we enjoyed a cherry, dry and sunny morning followed by showers in the afternoon. Sunbreaks continued to puncture the sky at times so rainbows added a colorful flair to the day. Rainfall amounts varied somewhat along the Central Coast depending on the strength and location of the showers; our middle section received the most shower activity and hence more precipitation. South-southeast winds blew 10-15 mph and the thermometer rose to the upper-50s. The showers ended around sunset and clouds were peppered with moonbreaks overnight; low temps dipped into the 40s. At daybreak (an hour earlier today due to the time change), it was calm with light rain falling.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/47F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F/0.17”
Forecast: First, the carrot. Long range projections are coming into better agreement on a dry and sunny stretch headed this way in a few days. In the meantime, however, we have a wet and windy week on tap. Rain today, tonight and tomorrow with south winds 15-20 mph gusting to 25-30, high temps in the mid-50s and lows in the low-50s. Outlook is for a stronger storm to arrive tomorrow night; rain, heavy at times with up to an inch, and blustery southerly winds 25-35 mph gusting to 40-50. Rain continues on and off Tuesday through Thursday. The horse finally reaches its dangling carrot on Friday and Saturday, the rain-wagon comes to a halt and we can look for partly to mostly clear skies, dry, highs up to 60F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain with highs around 55F. For the Cascades, rain and snow; the snow level is down to 4,000 feet. At 8:00am, it’s 32F with spots of ice at Santiam and Willamette Passes, and ODOT advises carrying chains or traction tires. Government Camp on Highway 26 is warmer at 35F, but some patches of ice are possible. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement later today and tonight but accumulating snow is possible in the Cascade highway passes through tonight.
Marine: There are light southerly winds this morning, 5-10 knots, with seas 7 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 10:00am this morning and runs through this evening. SW winds increasing to 20-25 knots this afternoon with 5 foot windwaves atop 7 foot swells. The breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots late tonight, seas 8 feet at 10 seconds. A front arrives tomorrow and southerlies build to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with 9 foot choppy swells. Outlook is for a gale Monday night packing S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined rough seas 15 feet. Light westerlies on Tuesday, 5-10 knots and seas falling to 10 feet. For Wednesday, S winds 15-20 knots but rising to 25-30 knots again by Thursday, seas building from 8 to 12 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/02 Sun 08:12 AM 8.17 H
11/02 Sun 02:26 PM 1.63 L
11/02 Sun 08:25 PM 7.13 H
11/03 Mon 02:26 AM 1.01 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then stormy.