Monday, October 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Skies were cloudy yesterday through the early morning hours but substantial sunbreaks were appearing before lunchtime. Mixed skies carried the rest of the day with the mercury reaching the low-60s and virtually no wind developing. The stars were out after sunset but overcast covered them quickly about midnight with the arrival of a cold front; low temps were in the 50s. The first light rain started falling around 1:00am. At daybreak, there was light rain and a southerly wind blowing 10-15 mph. Even though we’ve picked up a little moisture over the past couple of weeks, we’re still falling behind normal precipitation totals and have some major catching-up to do. As of this morning, the Central Coast has received 1.01” of rain in October; the average for the month is 5.12”.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/57F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F/0.05”
Forecast: We won’t be adding substantially to our precipitation count today, although some additional light rain is expected. It looks like it’ll be turning to showers by this afternoon with light south winds and a high of 60F. Tonight, a lingering albeit slight chance of showers, lows around 50F. The Sun breaks through again tomorrow, highs near 60F and north winds. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Wednesday, mostly sunny Thursday and Friday, and then back to overcast with a chance of rain for the weekend; highs of 60F, lows of 50F.
Halloween… The long-range forecasts now run through the end of the month, so beginning today we’ll start posting the outlook for Halloween Night. Projections currently show showers, breezy and temps around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures near 50F; rainy and breezy today with 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain likely, light southwest winds, temps about 65F. For the Cascades, the passes are wet with temperatures around 45F; rain likely and windy today, the snow level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 10-15 knots this morning and seas 6 feet at 10 seconds. Sou’westers today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and swells 6 feet with 2-3 foot windwaves. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 7 feet. Expect a N wind tomorrow and Wednesday 5-10 knots and seas around 6 feet. Outlook is for northerlies rising to 15-20 knots Thursday and Friday with swells building to 9-11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain turning to showers, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/19 Mon 10:49 AM 3.71 L
10/19 Mon 04:47 PM 7.34 H
10/19 Mon 11:45 PM 0.69 L
10/20 Tue 06:41 AM 6.42 H
In Short: Light rain early, showers later, moderate winds, then drying and clearing.