Sunday, November 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: There was decent alignment between the forecast and actual conditions yesterday. Rainfall totals were about an inch and southwest winds peaked in the upper-30s. In fact, except for Lincoln City, all of our other reporting stations had a top gust of 38 mph. The thermometer stopped in the upper-50s with Yachats hitting 60F for the highest locally. Blocks of steady rain lasted most of the day and the breeze didn’t abate until early evening. That’s also when the regime switched to showers, some of them pretty heavy, which continued overnight. Low temps were around 50F. Dawn saw cloudy skies, light southerly winds and showers lurking on the radar.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/50F/29mph/1.05”
Depoe Bay: 55F/48F/38mph/0.95”
Current Precipitation Stats…
November 2015 so far: 2.07”
November historical average: 10.67”
2015 yearly total so far: 35.59”
Yearly historical average: 69.57”
Forecast: Cooler unstable air is filling in this morning creating the potential for some thunderstorms along the Central Coast. Otherwise, expect some heavy showers today, high in the low-50s and not much wind. Showers continue tonight and into tomorrow before a dry day on Tuesday, with maybe some sunshine involved. Outlook is for a ‘progressive pattern’ (in meteorologist-speak) as weather fronts alternate with short breaks between them producing varying amounts of rain and wind Tuesday night through Saturday. We could use the precipitation; you can see above that we are at just half of our yearly average and there’s less than two months left to catch up. Seasonal temperatures are expected all week as highs reach the low-50s and lows dip to the mid-40s.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures near 45F; showers today and 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, wet roads with some slush in spots this morning, temps are about 35F; snow showers today, 2-6 inches accumulation at the passes, the snow level is 5,000 feet lowering to 4,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads at the lower elevations, but snow tonight in the Cascade passes, an additional 2-6 inch accumulation, carry chains or traction tires and be prepared to use them.
NOTE: The Oregon Department of Transportation has a special website for travelers. It features winter driving tips, tire/chain regulations, Sno-Park info, a downloadable Winter Driving Guide brochure, and more. Click here before you hit the road.
Marine: The breeze is down to WSW 10 knots this morning but seas are up to 10-11 feet at 16 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. SW winds today 10-15 knots with swells 11 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight, the wind veers to W 5-10 knots and swells rise to 12 feet at 14 seconds, finally subsiding to 10 feet by tomorrow afternoon with the wind NW 10-15 knots. Outlook is for W winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 on Tuesday, swells dropping to 8 feet, and then nor’westers 20-25 knots Wednesday becoming SW 20-25 knots Thursday, swells building to 10-12 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/08 Sun 09:55 AM 7.90 H
11/08 Sun 04:25 PM 0.80 L
11/08 Sun 10:38 PM 6.68 H
11/09 Mon 04:13 AM 2.16 L
In Short: Showers, potential for thunderstorms, partial clearing, then more rain.