Friday, October 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday started off like it was going to be another unseasonable barnburner with sunshine and very warm temperatures, but an October surprise shut it down in the early afternoon. Dense fog developed rapidly as the wind switched from east to southwest allowing cool ocean air to collide head-on with the warm humid air from the east (the ideal recipe for fog along the coast). Visibility dropped to a half mile or less while the mercury quickly settled down into the 50s. There was even some drizzle reported. The fog continued through much of the night and was still around at dawn, albeit thinner with visibility rising to 3 miles or better. By the way, we’re down to just 11 hours of daylight today and still losing about 3 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/54F
Depoe Bay: 67F/52F
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Vancouver: 81F, surpassing the old mark of 80F in 2002
Portland: 80F, tying the previous record of 80F in 1991
Forecast: In case you’d forgotten, memories of Autumn will be resurrected over the next few days as unsettled conditions bring periods of clouds, fog, showers, light rain and cooler temps. While there are no serious storms on the horizon, a series of weather fronts will move through the Central Coast over the week ahead. Today should be dry with partial clearing, high of 60F and light south winds. There’s a slight chance of showers tonight, low of 55F. Showers are likely to produce a tenth to a quarter of an inch of precipitation tomorrow, high 60F and light winds. Outlook is for showers and sunshine Sunday, rain likely Monday, mostly cloudy Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, and a chance of showers on Thursday. It’ll be cooler, too, with seasonal Fall highs of 55-60F and lows 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways, temperatures are 45-50F; partly sunny today with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, east winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, the passes are dry this morning, temperatures right at 50F; partly cloudy and breezy today, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is occasional wet roads through Sunday night; the snow level in the Cascades is expected to remain above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Conditions are light this morning for those venturing offshore for the halibut opener with winds ESE 5-10 knots and seas down to 3 feet at 15 seconds. Fog may be an issue this morning, otherwise southerly winds 5-10 knots are expected through tomorrow with swells holding around 3-4 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 5-10 knots on Sunday, then a SW breeze 5-15 knots Monday and Tuesday, swells building to 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/16 Fri 08:35 AM 2.68 L
10/16 Fri 02:40 PM 8.08 H
10/16 Fri 09:17 PM 0.10 L
10/17 Sat 03:55 AM 6.86 H
In Short: Patchy fog, partial clearing, light winds, then showers and unsettled.