Sunday, August 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: The computers and meteorologists got it half right – the wind blew at the strength projected, but the forecast of up to 2 inches of rain never materialized. Yachats was the clear winner for peak wind gust at 63 mph, and Lincoln City was tops for precipitation at about two-thirds of an inch. For August, yesterday’s storm was indeed a barnburner with the ocean doing a quite believable impression of a December tempest as the surf reached over 15 feet high before subsiding late in the day. Most of the daylight hours were dry, but showers returned right after sunset and continued through the night. This morning, there was broken overcast, drizzle and the southwest wind blew 20-25 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 68F/58F/52mph/0.67”
Depoe Bay: 65F/57F/46mph/0.37”
Forecast: In the words of the National Weather Service, “the predicted pattern for today through Tuesday resembles late September or October rather than August.” We’re in a ‘post-frontal’ Fall-like situation with broken skies and showers expected until possibly Thursday before we get back into Summer mode. Mainly southerly winds and seasonal temperatures will accompany the showers and sunbreaks this week. At the end of the tunnel, next weekend is expected to be sunny with northwest sea breezes returning.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, partly cloudy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; showers, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads at times through tonight.
Marine: Winds have eased to S 15-20 knots this morning but seas are square 8 footers at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through this evening. SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 25-30 near showers today and rough seas 8 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 10-15 knots with swells 8 feet at 12 seconds and 4 foot windwaves. S winds continue tomorrow 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells subside to 7 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 5-10 knots Tuesday, then westerlies 5-10 knots Wednesday and Thursday with swells holding at 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/30 Sun 07:15 AM -1.29 L
08/30 Sun 01:43 PM 8.52 H
08/30 Sun 07:33 PM 0.23 L
08/31 Mon 01:46 AM 8.94 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then mixed skies and showers.