Thursday, October 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Not much clearing yesterday as skies remained mostly cloudy and a few dribbles of rain punctuated the morning hours. The mercury rose to around 60F and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph with a few gusts up around 25. The minor weather front passed by before midnight, the clouds scattered, winds went calm and low temps stayed up in the 50s. Overcast returned in the early morning hours. At daybreak, it was hazy along the beach with visibility around 5 miles, high clouds were slowly breaking up and a light east wind ruffled the Falling leaves.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/56F/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F/~0.00”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for hazardous beach conditions this weekend. Hurricane Oho continues to move north over the Pacific Ocean and will remain well offshore as it transitions into an extra-tropical system later today and through the weekend. A large southwest swell generated by the storm is expect to arrive in the coastal waters by late tonight or early tomorrow. This swell will be the source of primary concern for the Central Coast this weekend. With the swell reaching 14 feet or higher on Friday, the threat of breaking waves over jetties and south to southwest facing beaches will exist, along with the possibility of generating significant surf. A swell of this direction and magnitude is somewhat uncommon, and these waves may also result in beach erosion in areas that do not commonly see impact from incoming waves. Visitors to the coast should exercise caution if venturing out to area beaches this weekend. Individuals should remain out of the surf zone and off jetties as breaking waves have the potential to sweep people into the water. Waves can roll driftwood logs and move other debris that can cause injury. Mariners will also face additional hazards this weekend (see Marine Forecast below).
Forecast: All the big weather headed our way won’t arrive until later so there’s a decent prognosis for today with partial clearing, highs around 65F and light winds. The situation starts changing tonight when the sky fills in, a chance of rain develops and lows dip slightly to the upper-50s. Tomorrow, rain is likely and sou’westers build to 10-20 mph gusting 30. Outlook is for rainy and breezy on Saturday with gusts 40-50 mph possible and a half inch of precipitation; a chance of showers/rain Sunday through Tuesday, and then mostly clear on Wednesday. Temperatures range from 60-65F highs to 50-55F lows.
Travel: In the Coast Range, partly cloudy with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny skies and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, light east winds, temps 75-80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 50F; mostly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is at 14,000 feet.
Marine: Not much going on this morning with SE winds 5-10 knots and seas 4 feet at 12 seconds, but big changes are expected shortly. A Gale Warning is in effect for waters beyond 10 miles from shore and a Gale Watch is posted for inner waters from late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Southerlies today 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, and then rising to 25-30 gusting 35-40 knots tomorrow. Combined and chaotic seas are expected to build to 13 feet tomorrow; see the Special Marine Weather Statement here. Outlook is for gale force winds to continue on Saturday with southerly gusts to 35 knots and rough seas still up around 12 feet, followed by S winds down to 10-15 knots on Sunday, swells subsiding to 10 feet, and then another front on Monday with sou’westers 20-25 knots and choppy 10 foot seas. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, light breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf beginning tonight and continuing all weekend, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
10/08 Thu 10:33 AM 7.12 H
10/08 Thu 04:27 PM 2.31 L
10/08 Thu 10:25 PM 6.98 H
10/09 Fri 04:42 AM 1.07 L
In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, then stormy.