Friday, October 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Nice yesterday, mixed sky, highs in the 60s, moderate breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/56F
Depoe Bay: 68F/52F
A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service for hazardous beach conditions is in effect this weekend. Hurricane Oho has transitioned to an extra-tropical system with the associated surface low pressure center continuing to approach the coast of British Columbia. A large southwest swell generated by the storm is beginning to arrive in coastal waters this morning. This swell will be the source of primary concern for the Central Coast this weekend. Wave heights will build to around 15 feet this afternoon with the potential for waves to break over jetties and impact south to southwest facing beaches and headlands with 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 normally 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 and offshore rocks 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: And, as if the big surf isn’t quite enough, let’s pour on some potentially strong winds and a bucket of rain to boot. Becoming mostly cloudy today with rain likely by noon, high around 65F and southwest winds rising to 25-30 mph gusting 45. Rainy and windy tonight, low 55F. Tomorrow, heavier rain with up to a half inch filling the gauges and stronger winds 35-40 mph gusting near 50. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and dry on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and then mainly clear Tuesday through Thursday. Average temperatures are expected all week.
Travel: A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning from the crest of the Coast Range eastward to the western foothills of the Cascades. In the Coast Range, dense fog early, then rainy and windy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting dense fog this morning, a chance of rain later and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy, light west winds, temps 70-75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 55F; partly sunny and a chance of rain today, the snow level above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are light near shore this morning, but blowing S 20-25 knots out at Stonewall Bank with choppy seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. Southerlies rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 today and combined seas building to 14 feet. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A bigger breeze is predicted for tomorrow as southerlies hit 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 15 feet. See the Special Marine Weather Statement here. Outlook is for S winds down to 5-10 knots on Sunday, swells subsiding to 10 feet, another front on Monday with sou’westers 15-20 knots and lumpy 10 foot seas, and then northerlies on Tuesday at 5-10 knots, swells 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Increasing clouds, rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by large surf 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.
10/09 Fri 11:09 AM 7.40 H
10/09 Fri 05:10 PM 1.74 L
10/09 Fri 11:13 PM 7.14 H
10/10 Sat 05:20 AM 1.13 L
In Short: Rain developing, windy, stormy, then clearing and drying.