Thursday, Dec. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Tolerable conditions yesterday, if you didn’t mind the niggling drizzle that was just heavy enough to keep everything damp. Winds were fairly light as well with daytime speeds generally around 10 mph. The thermometer rose nicely; Yachats had the local high at a balmy 60F. The rain returned and the breeze built up after sunset and lasted most of the night. Southeast wind gusts peaked around 30 mph and precipitation totals came in around half an inch. The main band of rain from the current receding weather system had passed by daybreak and the wind had fallen light (the proverbial calm before the storm).
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/46F/30mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/29mph/0.53”
A High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Oregon Coast is in effect from 7:00am until 4:00pm today. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts 55-65 mph, and a few gusts to 70-75 mph near beaches and headlands. The winds will increase this morning with the highest gusts between 9:00am and 3:00pm today. These strong winds may make travel difficult for high profile vehicles especially along Highway 101. Isolated power disruptions will be possible, along with localized blockage of roads due to damaged trees.
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
Forecast: So, it looks like we’ll get hammered pretty hard by the wind today; gusts near 50 mph can be expected in our communities and up to 75 mph on local beaches and headlands. Rainfall amounts around three-quarters of an inch are projected and high temperatures climb to 55F. The rain turns to showers and the breeze subsides tonight through tomorrow, maybe some partial clearing, too, though thunderstorms are feasible in the unstable atmosphere. Outlook is for another powerful storm on Saturday with even higher winds possible and heavy rain from a Pineapple Express, then rain remains likely Sunday through Wednesday as weather systems arrive about every 24 hours. Average temperatures are expected with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F in the passes; rain, a High Wind Warning is in effect for south winds 30-35 mph gusting 65 in the higher terrain today, temps 50-55F. Valley destinations are under a Wind Advisory for south winds gusting 35 mph, rain, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge has an Ice Storm Warning in effect, the forecast calls for freezing rain until 1:00pm, then all rain later, east winds gusting 30 mph, highs of 35-40F. For the Cascades, the highways have spots of ice this morning with temperatures near 35F, carry chains or traction tires; rain and very windy today with gusts to 50 mph, the snow level is 6,500 feet.
Marine: Seas are very rough this morning, 17 feet at 11 seconds, and SE winds are blowing 25-30 knots with higher gusts. A Storm Warning is in effect through 2:00pm this afternoon. S winds rising to 30-40 knots gusting 50-55 knots this morning, easing to SW 25-30 knots gusting 40 this afternoon, seas building to 20 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight, W wind 20-25 knots gusting 35, then falling to SW 15 knots gusting 25 after midnight and through tomorrow, swells subsiding to 13 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for another even more powerful storm on Saturday as S winds rise to 35-40 knots gusting 60 and extremely rough seas build to 22 feet at 11 seconds, southerlies continue at 25-35 knots Sunday and Monday with combined seas 22-24 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 12-18 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/03 Thu 12:19 PM 3.43 L
12/03 Thu 05:53 PM 6.14 H
12/04 Fri 12:05 AM 2.09 L
12/04 Fri 06:58 AM 7.61 H
In Short: Rain, very windy, then continued wet and breezy.