Saturday, October 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Predictions were fairly accurate yesterday as mostly cloudy skies, light winds and highs around 60F came to fruition. In reality, only Newport crossed the 60F line with the rest of our communities only making the upper-50s. Mixed cloud cover and haze continued through the evening and overnight, lows were mainly in the upper-40s. A weak weather system slowly drifted over the Central Coast early this morning increasing the overcast. At dawn, it was still mostly cloudy with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F
Depoe Bay: 58F/48F
Forecast: This is probably the last dry day for a while as we head into an unsettled Autumn pattern. Expect a fair amount of clouds today, south winds 5-10 mph and the mercury climbing to around 60F. A stronger storm system is anticipated to arrive late tonight bringing light rain; low temps near 50F. Tomorrow, the brunt of the system impacts our area with up to a half inch of rain and sou’westers 10-20 mph gusting 30 or better. Outlook is for rain continuing tomorrow night, a chance of showers Monday, mostly sunny Tuesday, a chance of rain Wednesday, rain likely Thursday and a chance of rain on Friday. Temps should be about normal with highs of 60F and lows of 50F.
Winter Forecast… It appears the Northwest will have above average temperatures this Winter with about equal chances for above or below normal precipitation. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has issued its Winter Outlook; go here for details. And with some insight on how this year’s strong El Niño, will affect our area, click here. Meanwhile, meteorologists of all stripes are meeting at OMSI in Portland today for the 23rd Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference. Going into it, there seems to be a general consensus that we’ll have warmer than normal temperatures this Winter. But whether the weather people come to any sort of agreement on the precipitation outlook is still up in the air.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures 45-50F; mostly cloudy today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy skies, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mainly overcast, east winds 5-10 mph, high of 70F. For the Cascades, the passes are bare this morning, temps 45-50F; mostly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry tonight, then wet roads tomorrow and tomorrow night with the Cascades snow level dropping to 7,500 feet, which is well above the highway passes.
Marine: Winds are S 10-15 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 11 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect from this evening through Sunday night. Southerlies 10-15 knots today and swells subsiding from 6 feet to 3 feet. Tonight, S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells building to 9 feet at 13 seconds. SE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 tomorrow, very rough seas building to 12 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and swells 8-13 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/24 Sat 10:26 AM 8.31 H
10/24 Sat 04:34 PM 0.91 L
10/24 Sat 10:46 PM 7.77 H
10/25 Sun 04:44 AM 0.65 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, light breeze, rainy and windy, then continued unsettled.