Tuesday, October 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Though there’s still a long way to go to see average October precipitation, we caught up a little yesterday with some steady rainfall in the morning, followed by showers during the afternoon and evening hours. Totals reached over half an inch in places with Yachats receiving the most, almost three-quarters of an inch. The majority of the showers were east of the Central Coast by 3:00am this morning, but the wet ground enabled the development of fog; visibility dropping to half a mile. Not much of a temperature spread with highs yesterday around 60F and overnight lows in the upper-50s. At dawn, it was foggy, mostly cloudy and dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/57F/0.68”
Depoe Bay: 61F/55F/0.66”
Forecast: Conditions are somewhat unstable yet in the wake of the recently deceased weather system, but there should be a fair amount of sunshine by this afternoon. Highs about 60F and north winds 5-10 mph. Patchy fog again tonight along with increasing clouds, low 50F. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy, a slight chance of showers and the mercury tops out at 60F again. Outlook is for mixed skies and breezy Thursday, mostly sunny Friday, partly sunny Saturday, mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and moderate southerly winds Sunday and Monday. The thermometer stays seasonal; highs near 60F and lows of 45-50F through the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temps 45-50F; fog early, partly cloudy later today with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, gradual clearing and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for patchy fog, becoming sunny, light west winds, temperatures around 70F. For the Cascades, the passes are wet with temps 35-45F; chance of showers, partly cloudy today, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Seas are a bit lumpy this morning, 7 feet at 8 seconds, but there’s not much breeze, N 10 knots or so. Expect N winds 10-15 knots today with seas 8 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, winds easing to N 5-10 knots and swells falling to 5 feet. Light NW winds early tomorrow, veering to SE 5-10 knots in the afternoon, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for northerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Thursday with swells building from 8 to 11 feet; NE winds 15-20 knots Friday, seas 9 feet; and a SE breeze 10-15 knots with 6 foot swells on Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The nominal range of Yaquina River Light 38 has been increased from 3 nautical miles to 4 nautical miles, and its location moved to 44-35-03.987N, 123-57-29.185W.
On the Beach… Fog early, mixed skies, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/20 Tue 06:41 AM 6.42 H
10/20 Tue 11:59 AM 3.80 L
10/20 Tue 05:54 PM 7.05 H
10/21 Wed 12:48 AM 0.81 L
In Short: Fog, clearing, chance of showers, then unsettled.