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Weather or Not: A Damp Decision Day

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, November 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: In the wake of some morning rain, we had a dry spell with mostly light winds yesterday from about 10:00am until just before dark. The rain began first followed by the wind in the late evening. Gusts in our Central Coast communities topped out around 40 mph. In the region, the southerly breeze hit 44 mph at the Yaquina Bay South Jetty, 55 on Cape Meares and 70 atop Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range. Rainfall was about three-quarters of an inch over the last 24 hours, but storm totals will come in over an inch. Temperatures remained fairly steady in the 50s, though Yachats and Waldport reached 60F. At daybreak, the wind was still up and a steady rain was falling.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/56F/35mph/0.73”
Depoe Bay: 58F/55F/33mph/0.70”
Newport: 59F/54F/41mph/0.67”
Waldport: 60F/55F/32mph/0.68”
Yachats: 60F/57F/40mph/0.76”

Forecast: The storm should be winding down today with the rain turning to showers and the wind falling to 15-20 mph gusting 25. So, you might get damp though not necessarily drenched on your way to turn in your ballot by tonight’s decision deadline on this Election WON SHOWERSDay. (Ballots must be at the county election office or a designated drop site by 8:00pm tonight. Postmarks do not count.) High today around 60F. Tonight, there’s a 50-50 chance of showers, light winds, patchy fog and the mercury drops slightly to 55F. We get a bit of a break tomorrow with a slight chance of showers, a light breeze, patchy fog and highs of 60F or better. Outlook is for another storm to bash its way in Thursday; southerly winds again rising to 25-30 mph gusting 40 and maybe a half inch of rain. A longer break from the stormy weather is still in the cards for Friday and Saturday with partly to mostly sunny skies, highs of 60F and lows of 45F. Sunday is a smidge dicey as a minor weather disturbance passes through and a slight chance of rain develops. Some sunshine is expected again on Monday and Tuesday but from there on out, long-term projections are inconsistent.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain turning to showers, breezy and 55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers with highs of 55-60F. For the Cascades, rainy and windy; the snow level is above 8,000 feet.

Marine: Seas are high and very steep this morning, 15 feet at 9 seconds, with southerly winds 30-40 knots. As of WON GALE8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning is in effect until 9:00am. S winds are expected to rapidly fall later today to 10-15 knots and square seas drop to 12 feet at 12 seconds by this afternoon. Light southerlies are predicted for tonight, 5-10 knots gusting 15, with seas down to 9 feet at 12 seconds. Tomorrow, look for S winds 10-15 knots and a 6 foot swell. Outlook is for another gale on Thursday; southerlies 25-30 knots gusting to 40 and rough combined seas 14 feet. There’s a break on the horizon for Friday and Saturday when the breeze settles down to NE 5-10 knots and the swell dips to 5-6 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy early, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/04 Tue 09:40 AM 9.21 H
11/04 Tue 04:13 PM -0.13 L
11/04 Tue 10:31 PM 7.61 H
11/05 Wed 04:06 AM 1.56 L

In Short: Showers, falling winds, another storm, then partial clearing and mild.

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