Monday, November 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The rain wasn’t continuous yesterday, but regular appearances supplied total precipitation amounts between a half and two-thirds of an inch. South winds blew from noon to midnight at 15-25 mph with a few gusts into the upper-20s, and the thermometer topped out in the 55-60F range. Cloud cover kept our area dark gray all day and through the ‘early’ dusk of our first evening back on Standard Time. It rained on and off overnight, and was still doing so at dawn. Southerly winds were light this morning and low temps sagged into the low-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/0.62”
Depoe Bay: 57F/52F/0.49”
Forecast: There are still several days of sloppy weather ahead, but if we can hang on until Friday, it finally starts drying out. Deteriorating conditions are, however, expected in the near-term as the next storm front hits the Central Coast. Look for rain and wind to increase today through tonight. The breeze rises slowly throughout the day; by this evening up to 25-30 mph gusting 40-50. Total rainfall amounts from this system are projected to be an inch or more. Tomorrow, the steady rain turns to showers and the wind falls to reasonable levels. Outlook is for a break on Wednesday with partly to mostly cloudy skies, light winds and a slight chance of showers. Another weather system arrives on Thursday with rain and wind, but we should be given the all-clear Friday for some sunshine, no rain and highs of 60F or better. Ditto for Saturday and possibly beyond.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 55-60F. For the Cascades, rain and windy; the snow level is up to 6,500 feet. NOTE: ODOT will close the right lanes of northbound and southbound I-5 during nighttime hours beginning today and on through Thursday. Maintenance crews will be repairing the guardrail and concrete barrier near Albany (Mileposts 236-237) between the hours of 9:00pm and 5:00am. The lane closures are not expected to create serious delays.
Cascadia: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred at 9:54pm last night along the Blanco Fracture Zone about 350 miles west of Newport. There were no reports of the temblor being felt ashore.
Marine: It’s lumpy out there this morning with seas 9 feet at 11 seconds and SW winds 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 32 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Small Craft Advisories have been posted for increasing winds and seas through this afternoon when they’ll be combined and upgraded to a Gale Warning. Today, S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas of 9-10 feet. Expect a gale this evening packing SW winds 25-30 knots gusting to 40 with very rough seas 16 feet at 14 seconds. Things settle down tomorrow; the wind drops to W 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas fall to 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots gusting 25 and an 8 foot swell on Wednesday, another front arrives Thursday with W winds 25-30 knots and seas rebuilding into the teens. A switch to northerlies is predicted for Friday and Saturday, 10-15 knots, and seas subsiding to 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/03 Mon 08:58 AM 8.72 H
11/03 Mon 03:22 PM 0.70 L
11/03 Mon 09:32 PM 7.37 H
11/04 Tue 03:18 AM 1.27 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then late-week drying.