Saturday, Dec. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out to be less stormy than ‘usual’ with only about a half inch of rain and winds gusting mainly under 30 mph, except for Depoe Bay where a heavy shower cell produced a blast of 37 mph. High temps were around 50F and the rain was spotty enough that the roads almost dried out a couple of times during what was a mediocre weather day. Of note however, following last season’s dry Winter and hardly a drop of rain over the Summer and early Fall, we’re now almost caught up to normal yearly precipitation (see below).
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/41F/23mph/0.25”
Depoe Bay: 51F/39F/37mph/0.33”
So far this month/19.07”
Average for December/11.36”
So far this year/60.97”
Average annual rainfall/69.57”
Forecast: For the first time in quite a while, there are no weather warnings in effect this morning, except for a predicted gale offshore. We’re still expecting a rather wet day with showers and possible thunderstorms turning to rain this afternoon, high about 50F and sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting 25. Tonight, the next storm system arrives with southerlies 25-35 mph gusting 50 and a half inch of rain. Rain continues tomorrow morning with trailing showers later in the day, high 50F and west winds 15-20 mph gusting 30-35. Outlook is for the next significant storm to impact the Central Coast on Monday as southerly winds howl at 35-40 mph gusting 60 and another 1-2 inches of rain is projected, then rainy and breezy conditions continue through Thursday.
Christmas… Showers and cooler for Christmas Eve, lows 35-40F, a chance of showers with some sunshine on Christmas Day, high about 45F, and the Full Yule Moon on Christmas morning.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, patchy fog, temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; scattered showers today, temps 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting showers turning to rain, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers early, rain later, light west winds, high of 40F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice and packed snow on the highways this morning with temperatures 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers likely with up to 2 inches accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in Northwest Oregon is wet and windy at the lower elevations, but snow in the Cascades as 1-4 inches is expected tonight, 3-6 inches tomorrow, and lighter snow showers Sunday night with the snow level remaining well below the passes at 2,500-3,000 feet.
NOTE: Those planning holiday trips over the Cascades should be prepared for Winter driving conditions. Snow is projected at highway pass level every day from Monday through Thursday.
Marine: Almost reasonable conditions exist this morning with S winds just 10-15 knots and seas 13-14 feet at 17 seconds (well, almost reasonable). Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through this afternoon. A Gale Warning is then in effect through tomorrow morning. SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 35 today, swells building to 17 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 30-35 knots gusting 45 with combined rough seas 17-19 feet at 14 seconds. W winds are expected tomorrow at 20-25 knots gusting 30 and square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for stormy conditions with W to SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and swells 16-22 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers and breezy, surf 10-15′ feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/19 Sat 12:57 PM 2.12 L
12/19 Sat 06:56 PM 6.48 H
12/20 Sun 12:39 AM 2.13 L
12/20 Sun 07:25 AM 9.00 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then continued stormy.