Friday, October 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: This is October? Hello?! At least during the afternoon it was challenging to guess whether it was October or August yesterday with sunny skies and a respectable sea breeze building up after lunch. High temperatures, however, hinted at the answer by coming in below Summer readings as they struggled toward 60F. A hazy sunset was followed by lots of starshine and the waxing gibbous Moon was bright enough to create sharp shadows. A little fog developed along the beaches just after midnight, but was gone in a couple of hours. The major difference between August and October occurred right before sunup this morning when the mercury dipped into the low-40s in places; Depoe Bay recorded the coolest temp, 40F. At daybreak, it was chilly with increasing clouds and an east wind blowing at 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/24mph
Depoe Bay: 60F/40F/18mph
Forecast: It’s another one of those days where predicting (guessing) the sky cover is next to impossible. A low pressure system offshore is toying with the idea of covering up the blue with mid-level clouds all day, but it hasn’t yet fully made up its mind. So, we’ll go with mostly cloudy, highs around 60F and a light northeast wind today. Mostly cloudy tonight, lows 45-50F. Patchy fog tomorrow morning and thickening overcast ahead of an approaching front, high 60F and a light breeze from the south. Outlook is for rain likely on Sunday, up to a quarter inch, showers Monday, partly sunny Tuesday, then a chance of rain again Wednesday and Thursday. Seasonal temps with highs of 60F and lows of 45-50F are in the cards all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures 35-40F; partly cloudy today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny, east winds 5-10 mph, high of 65F. For the Cascades, possible icy spots in the passes this morning, temps are 30-35F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry tonight and tomorrow, then probable wet roads Saturday night through Sunday night with the Cascades snow level dropping to 6,500-7,500 feet, which would be well above the highway passes.
Marine: Seas are still up around 9 feet at 14 seconds this morning with ENE winds 10 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon. The swell should be subsiding to 8 feet later today but N winds increasing to 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tonight, the breeze veers to NE 5-10 knots and swells fall further to 6 feet at 12 seconds. SE winds are expected tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells down to 5 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday with seas rebuilding to 7-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… On Chart 18520, relocate NOAA Environmental Lighted Buoy 46050 (Stonewall Bank) from 44-37-27.123N, 124-29-59.675W to new position 44-39-22.000N, 124-31-33.000W and change symbol to yellow open buoy from super buoy, Y “46050” Fl (4) Y 20s.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, 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.
10/23 Fri 09:39 AM 7.66 H
10/23 Fri 03:38 PM 1.97 L
10/23 Fri 09:43 PM 7.37 H
10/24 Sat 03:53 AM 0.66 L
In Short: Partial clearing, moderate winds, then cloudy, rain and unsettled.