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Weather or Not: Are the Caterpillars Right?

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, October 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: It was another unseasonably warm and sunny day with the mercury rising into the mid-60s; Newport nearly hit 70F yesterday afternoon. Very little breeze allowed the full warmth to develop. With October’s low Sun angle, long shadows, short daylight hours and Halloween decorations, it felt sort of eerie to experience full-blown Summer conditions. Some haze formed along the beaches around sunset with no wind to whisk it away, skies above were mostly clear overnight and lows dipped to about 50F. At daybreak, it was mostly clear and dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/53F
Depoe Bay: 66F/48F
Newport: 68F/46F
Waldport: 65F/50F
Yachats: 63F/51F

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Forecast: The woolly bear caterpillars are still crawling across local sidewalks and roads in search of Winter quarters. Normally, most of them would be settled in by now. It also appears from casual observation that an abundance of these WON SUN-WINDcrawly critters have wide orange bands, something legend says indicates a warm Winter. The forecast adds credence to that old wives’ tale as we are in the midst of several Summer days in October, plus official long-range climate projections still show above average temperatures all Winter. In the near term, sunny days, a bit of patchy fog at night, gusty nor’westers, highs of 65-70F and lows of 50-55F are expected to last through Friday. Outlook is for a weather system to arrive sometime late Friday night or early Saturday, bringing light rain and moderate winds. Then, it’ll be time for the woolly bears to seek shelter as seasonal temperatures with rain/showers continue into the first part of next week.

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Travel: (NOTE: ODOT has installed a new webcam and weather station at Dudlee Hill on Highway 20 in the Coast Range; at 900 feet it is the highest highway pass between the Central Coast and the Valley. From now through the Winter, we will report conditions there for travelers each morning.) In the Coast Range, there is dry pavement, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps 75-80F. For the Cascades, there is dry pavement on the highways this morning, patchy fog, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level 13,000 feet.

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Marine: There’s a light ENE breeze under 10 knots this morning but seas remain elevated, 9 feet at 13 seconds. A WON SCASmall Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 10:00am. Swells should to subside to around 8 feet by this afternoon though N winds 10-20 knots are expected to develop later today, gusting 25 by this evening with windwaves building to 4 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 25, choppy seas around 7 feet. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 on Thursday, then southerlies 10-20 knots Friday and Saturday as a weather system impacts local waters, swells 4-6 feet all week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, 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.
* Tides
10/13 Tue 06:58 AM 1.66 L
10/13 Tue 01:10 PM 8.19 H
10/13 Tue 07:30 PM 0.14 L
10/14 Wed 01:53 AM 7.38 H

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In Short: Mainly clear and warm, patchy fog, moderate winds, then wet by the weekend.

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