Friday, Dec. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s storm began building in the morning as southerly winds blew 25-35 mph gusting near 50 in our communities; Yachats had the highest gust at 57 mph, but the beaches and headlands had even stronger winds through early afternoon. Precipitation totals were around an inch. Both rain and breeze eased up a little from mid-afternoon on through sunset. Overnight there wasn’t much wind at all but fairly heavy rain showers continued. At daybreak, it was raining lightly and the wind came out of the south-southeast around 10 mph. There are exactly 9 hours of daylight today, and we’re losing a little over 1 minute a day as we head toward the Winter Solstice on December 22nd.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/47F/42mph/1.15”
Depoe Bay: 57F/45F/37mph/1.16”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Oregon Coast, in effect from late tonight through late Saturday night. On beaches and headlands, southeast winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60-70 mph. In coastal communities, southeast winds 20-30 mph with gusts 45-55 mph. Beginning as early as late tonight, the strongest winds will be during the day Saturday and Saturday evening decreasing by around midnight Saturday night. These strong winds may make travel difficult for high profile vehicles, especially along Highway 101. Isolated power disruptions will be possible, and localized blockage of roads due to damaged trees.
A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 7:00pm Sunday to 9:00am Monday. Southwest to west swells of 20-23 feet with a dominant period around 12 seconds will impact the coastline Saturday and Saturday night, and then large breaking waves from 25-30 feet are expected Sunday night into Monday morning. Walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs and along the water’s edge as waves may rise unexpectedly and sweep you into turbulent and frigid waters. Exercise extreme caution near the beach.
Forecast: A time-out has been called for today as the Central Coast is on the bench between storms. Look for showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms, maybe some partial clearing, much lighter winds and cooler with a high of 50-55F this afternoon. Tonight, the whistle blows for a return to the action as the southerly winds begin building, albeit not much rain is expected, low about 50F. Tomorrow, rainy and breezy as south winds rise to 30-35 mph gusting 50, high temp 55F. Outlook is for rain, heavy at times, and breezy Sunday through Thursday. Normal mercury readings are projected all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40F in the passes; chance of showers and breezy today, temps 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, mostly cloudy, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, highs of 45-50F. For the Cascades, the highways have packed snow cover this morning with temperatures near 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon for snow showers, additional accumulations of 4 inches possible, windy, the snow level is 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet and windy with the snow level remaining above the Cascade passes tonight through Sunday night.
Marine: Breeze and seas have settled down this morning with SSW winds 5-10 knots and swells 13 feet at 15 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect from late tonight through late Saturday night. For today, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells holding at 13 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, southerlies rising to 25-35 knots gusting 45-55 with combined seas 15-16 feet at 14 seconds. The storm intensifies tomorrow with S winds 30-40 knots gusting 55-60 and extremely rough seas building to 22 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for S to SW winds 20-30 knots through Tuesday with combined seas 20-25 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, mixed sky, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* (See High Surf Advisory above) Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches this weekend. 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.
12/04 Fri 06:58 AM 7.61 H
12/04 Fri 01:30 PM 2.97 L
12/04 Fri 07:08 PM 5.88 H
12/05 Sat 01:01 AM 2.57 L
In Short: Partial clearing, showers, then heavy rain and very windy.