WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Comma Clouds

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Jan. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: We started yesterday hopefully, but even a prospective ‘dry day’ brought from a tenth to a quarter inch of rain after some sunshine in the morning hours. Precipitation was heaviest in our northern section while temperatures were highest in the south; Waldport topped out at 60F and Yachats took the cake with a balmy 62F. Mostly cloudy skies remained in place throughout the evening and overnight with occasional bouts of rain and low temps in the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was occasional light rain/drizzle and southeast winds 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 900′ & 1,400′, mostly cloudy @ 3,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 10 mph/Pressure: 29.93”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/47F/24mph/0.27”
Depoe Bay: 55F/44F/20mph/0.26”
Newport: 57F/45F/21mph/0.16
Waldport: 60F/45F/34mph/0.13”
Yachats: 62F/48F/31mph/0.09”

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Forecast: Comma cloud is a term meteorologists use to describe the shape of storm systems that often form WON RAINover the Northeast Pacific Ocean. If the head of the comma hits the Central Coast, that’s when we get high winds and a quick shot of rain. However, if the tail of the comma, which may stretch down into the tropics, comes ashore, we get atmospheric river events with inches of precipitation feeding in and warm temperatures. Today, we’re going to be brushed by one of those comma tails and could see up to an inch of rain, moderate southerly winds gusting 25 mph and thermometer readings near 60F. Rain tonight, maybe another half inch, light south wind and a low of 45-50F. The tail will be past the Central Coast tomorrow so the steady rain turns to showers and highs cool to 50-55F. Outlook is for showers likely on Saturday, a chance of showers Sunday, drier with possible sunbreaks on Monday, the next comma brings more rain Monday night into Tuesday, followed by a chance of showers Wednesday. Temps slightly above normal throughout the extended period.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, light rain and 45F in the passes this morning; rainy and windy today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds gusting 30 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have a mix of packed snow, slush and bare pavement this morning, it’s cloudy with temps right at 30F, carry chains or traction tires; rain today, the snow level rising above the passes to 7,000 feet.

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Marine: Winds are SE 15-20 knots nearshore this morning but howling 30-35 knots offshore at Stonewall Bank with WON GALErough seas 13-14 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. S winds 25-35 knots gusting 45 today, combined seas 15-17 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas 16-17 feet at 15 seconds. Relatively light winds tomorrow, SE 5-15 knots gusting 20, and seas subsiding to 14 feet at 16 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 5-15 knots on Saturday with swells 10 feet, then back to southerlies 10-15 knots Sunday and Monday, seas 7-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Rain, 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.
* Tides
01/21 Thu 09:46 AM 9.55 H
01/21 Thu 04:41 PM -0.47 L
01/21 Thu 11:23 PM 7.62 H
01/22 Fri 04:28 AM 3.46 L

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In Short: Rainy and windy, then continued wet and unsettled.

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