Friday, Nov. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: The last weather system in the week-long series finally blew itself out around noon yesterday as the rain subsided and the wind switched from southwest to northwest. High temperatures reached the upper-50s and the breeze peaked about 25 mph. By sunset, the wind veered to the northwest and overnight to the northeast. Clear skies then set the stage with a field of starshine as a backdrop for the brilliant First Quarter Moon and the mercury dipped to about 40F. At dawn, thin high clouds gauzed the blue and east winds were blowing 20-25 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/42F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 56F/37F/0.02”
Forecast: And now for something completely different. A major change developed overnight; strong east winds from a cold high pressure system on the other side of the Cascades is spilling through the passes and flooding Western Oregon. This breeze is pushing a very wet offshore weather system even farther away from the Central Coast, so it looks like we’ll be drying out today, highs about 50F and east winds gusting 25-30 mph. Mostly clear skies continue tonight and the thermometer drops to the upper-30s. More sunshine is on tap tomorrow along with a little warming to 55F or better. Outlook is for the next storm to arrive late Monday, rain/showers through Tuesday, then sunny and cool Wednesday. High dropping to 45F and lows down to 32F by midweek.
Thanksgiving Weekend… The extended forecast shows colder air moving in with overnight temperatures near freezing, daytime readings of 40-45F and clear skies.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures near 40F; partly sunny, breezy today and 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 50F, windy in the Portland Metro area. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, east winds gusting 30-40 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, the highways have areas of black ice this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; partly sunny and windy today, the free air freezing level is 7,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is morning frosty patches but otherwise dry pavement and breezy for all of Northwest Oregon with the Cascades freezing level at 10,000 feet.
Marine: Here’s a change… winds are out of the NE this morning at 10 knots with seas down to 7-8 feet at 12 seconds. For today through Sunday, NE winds 10-15 knots with occasional gusts to 20 and swells subsiding from 8 feet today to 4 feet by Saturday. Outlook is for a weather system to arrive in local waters on Monday bringing NW winds 20-25 knots and swells back up to 10 feet; Tuesday, northerlies 20-25 knots and seas building to 17 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/20 Fri 07:08 AM 7.92 H
11/20 Fri 01:17 PM 2.55 L
11/20 Fri 07:12 PM 6.71 H
11/21 Sat 01:16 AM 1.39 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, east winds, then dry, cool and clear.