Wednesday, Nov. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: Records aren’t kept for such things, but if they were, the rapid shutdown of yesterday’s storm would qualify as one of the fastest. In the 15 minutes between 9:00am and 9:15am the wind dropped from 25-35 mph to dead calm and the steady rain ceased at the same time. During the rest of the day, it was hard to tell that there’d even been a storm. Skies remained cloudy, there were a few light showers, winds stayed nearly calm and it was relatively warm with high temps about 60F. Overnight saw a little drizzle and patchy fog with the mercury settling to 55F. This morning, skies were cloudy and there was no breeze. We’re down to 10 hours of daylight today and continue to lose about 2.5 minutes per day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F/31mph/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 59F/55F/33mph/0.10”
Forecast: Nothing to write home about for today’s weather as we are between storm systems. Look for mainly cloudy skies, a 50-50 chance of showers, light winds and the thermometer rising to 60F or a little higher. Tonight, the next storm approaches the Central Coast with rain developing, blustery southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting 30, and lows about 55F. The main thrust of this system is expected tomorrow morning; winds build to 15-25 mph gusting to 45 and heavy showers could leave behind a half inch of rain. And then, it’s over for a while. Outlook is for the advertised stretch of dry and clearing conditions to begin Friday and last through early next week but with this caveat – a minor disturbance may give us a few showers on Sunday before the Sun returns on Monday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting scattered rain with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, a chance of drizzle; the snow level is at 8,000 feet. There’s a chance of snow showers on the Cascade highway passes tomorrow night.
Marine: Winds are SSE 10-15 knots offshore this morning, light easterly inshore, and seas have fallen to 7 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight for the outer Central Coast waters (beyond 10 nautical miles offshore). A Gale Watch goes into effect for all waters late tonight through early tomorrow morning. S winds rising today to 15-20 knots gusting 25 offshore, seas 7 feet with 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, a front arrives with southerlies 25-30 knots gusting to 45 and choppy seas building to 12 feet. The strongest winds and waves from this system will probably be tomorrow morning, SW 30-35 knots gusting 45, with combined rough seas 16 feet at 11 seconds. Both breeze and seas subside tomorrow afternoon. Outlook is for light northerlies 5-15 knots Friday through Sunday, and the swell drops to 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Clouds, possible showers, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/05 Wed 10:21 AM 9.57 H
11/05 Wed 05:00 PM -0.77 L
11/05 Wed 11:25 PM 7.78 H
11/06 Thu 04:52 AM 1.89 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, scattered showers, a storm, then dry and mild.