Monday, October 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Well, that was a pretty good blast yesterday; a traditional October storm with winds gusting into the 40s and nearly a half inch of rain. The strongest gust on the Central Coast was 45 mph at Yachats; in the Coast Range, Mary’s Peak recorded 63 mph. The precipitation was heavier north of us as Hillsboro had record rainfall of 0.85” breaking the old mark of 0.80” set in 1979. Along the beaches, big surf was evident with some of the waves reaching 14 feet by midday. The heaviest rain was over by afternoon though the breeze stayed up until midnight. Scattered clouds continued overnight, lows temps were within a few degrees of the highs. At dawn, there was broken overcast, patchy fog and a light southeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/55F/31mph/0.21”
Depoe Bay: 58F/53F/43mph/0.32”
Forecast: We get a break today with partial clearing and dry conditions, the mercury heads for 60F and not much wind is expected. Partly cloudy skies tonight should allow good views of the Full Hunter’s Moon. Because the Moon is at perigee (close to Earth), this’ll be another spooky supermoon, appearing larger than normal for the run-up to Halloween. Tomorrow, increasing clouds are projected as the leading edge of the next storm system approaches the coast. Outlook is for rain Tuesday night and Wednesday with another half inch or better, showers Thursday, a chance of rain Friday and Saturday, then rain likely Saturday night and Sunday. Look for seasonal temps to endure all week.
Travel: A utility relocation project on Highway 20 will create Monday through Friday daytime lane restrictions west of Eddyville beginning today and continuing until approximately Tuesday, December 1st. The work will be underway between 9:00am and 3:00pm each day. The work zone will be controlled by flaggers; travelers should expect delays of no longer than 20 minutes and typically, much less.
In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures 45-50F; partly cloudy today and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting some clearing, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mixed skies, east winds gusting 10 mph, high of 65F. For the Cascades, the passes are wet this morning, temps 35-40F; showers and windy today, the snow level is down near the passes at 5,000 feet.
Marine: While the breeze has dropped off to SW 10 knots, seas are still rough 11-footers at 10 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through 2:00pm this afternoon. Swells slowly subsiding to 10 feet at 9 seconds today with SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20. The breeze backs to E 5 knots gusting 15 tonight and swells fade further to 8 feet at 12 seconds. Tomorrow, S wind 10 knots, seas down to 6 feet. Outlook is for another system to arrive in local waters on Wednesday packing southerlies 20-25 knots and 12-foot seas, then NW winds 10-15 knots Thursday with swells 13 feet, and back to S wind 10-15 knots Friday, swells around 9 feet. Another storm is probable for the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, partly sunny, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* The Winter King Tides begin earlier in 2015 than in past years, with the first round of extra-high tides occurring this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Photographers are encouraged to capture images of these extreme water levels and share them via the Oregon King Tides Photo Project, here.
* For all beach-goers, be advised that these very high tides will be in conjunction with large surf on Wednesday and Thursday. So, stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf during the King Tides.
10/26 Mon 11:52 AM 9.46 H
10/26 Mon 06:14 PM -0.93 L
10/27 Tue 12:38 AM 8.36 H
10/27 Tue 06:19 AM 1.00 L
In Short: Partial clearing, then increasing clouds and more rain.