Thursday, October 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: At the lower end of the Fahrenheit scale yesterday, Waldport barely cleared 60; on the upper end, Newport Airport rose to 72. The reason for the divergence had to do with how close to the cooler ocean air the temperature sensors are located. The airport has the one farthest from the beach and so was most affected by the warm easterly winds. Conversely, on cool days Newport Airport is often the chilliest spot because of its upland location away from the relatively warmer sea breeze. Skies were partly cloudy through the day with occasional haze dropping visibility to 3-5 miles. There was lots of starshine overnight and lows mainly in the 50s. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy, warm and dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/52F
Depoe Bay: 63F/45F
Forecast: There’s one more warm day in the balance before we settle into a cooler, wetter, more Autumn-like pattern. Mixed skies are expected today with the mercury again reaching 65-70F and light east winds. Tonight, the breeze veers to southwest beginning a cooler and unsettled trend; lows about 50F. Patchy fog tomorrow morning and then increasing clouds, high 60-65F. Outlook is for weather systems to arrive every 24-36 hours with rain likely on Saturday, partial clearing Sunday, rain again on Monday, mostly cloudy Tuesday, and another chance of rain Wednesday. Temperatures should be seasonal throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today with 75-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 30-50 mph, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, the passes are dry this morning, temperatures at 45-50F; mostly sunny and breezy today, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are ESE 5-10 knots with seas 6 feet at 11 seconds this morning. Southerlies rising to 10-15 knots this afternoon ahead of a frontal system expected to arrive late Friday; swells subsiding to 4 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, SW winds 5-10 knots, swells down to 3 feet and patchy fog. Outlook is for sou’westers 10-15 knots Saturday through Monday with swells building to 7-9 feet by Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, surf 3-4 feet (low).
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10/15 Thu 08:02 AM 2.30 L
10/15 Thu 02:09 PM 8.19 H
10/15 Thu 08:39 PM 0.01 L
10/16 Fri 03:11 AM 7.09 H
In Short: Mixed skies, warm, light winds, then rain and unsettled.