Thursday, Jan. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: The High Wind Warning issued last night was canceled about 6:30am this morning as the breeze eased just below warning criteria. Still, starting yesterday morning around 10:00am, the southerly winds were consistently blustery most of the day and through the night. Rainfall was about on predictions at nearly an inch, and it was warm with the storm pushing the mercury up into the low-60s just before midnight. The winds also pushed the surf up fairly high, to about 20 feet, making conditions somewhat dicey along the beaches. This morning, both breeze and seas were easing a little and temps dipped into the mid-50s.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 400′, overcast at 1,000′
Visibility: 2.5 miles/Wind: SW 21 G 37 mph/Pressure: 29.94”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F/38mph/0.92”
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F/41mph/0.80”
The High Surf Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast has been extended until 10:00am this morning. Seas around 20 feet will fall to 18 feet by this afternoon. Large waves will have the ability to wash over jetties and wash higher up on beaches than normal. They may also dislodge and move large logs and other debris on beaches that can easily catch people off guard and cause serious injury. The high surf will also produce rip currents and cause localized beach erosion.
Forecast: The rain is expected to turn to showers by late morning and the wind should be down to 10-20 mph gusting 25 by noon. It’ll be a little cooler today as the thermometer peaks at around 55F. Rain returns tonight, not much wind, and lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, rain continues with another quarter to half inch, possible thunderstorms, southeast winds 15-20 mph gusting 30 and a high of 50F. Outlook is for rain and/or showers Saturday through Wednesday with temperatures ranging from highs around 50F to lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, rain and 50-55F in the passes this morning; rain turning to showers today, breezy early, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain/showers, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, west wind gusting 20-25 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, it’s raining, temps are near 40F, carry chains or traction tires; rain early today, showers this afternoon, windy, the snow level is 8,000 feet decreasing to 5,500 feet late in the day.
Marine: SW winds are 25-30 knots gusting 45 this morning, strongest near shore, and seas are rough, 16-17 feet at 14 seconds. The Gale Warning expired at 7:00am, but it’ll still be snotty with a Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect until 11:00am this morning and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas in effect through late tomorrow night. Today, combined seas 20 feet subsiding to 18 feet at 14 seconds while winds fall to SW 15-20 knots gusting 25. Tonight, SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas down to 16 feet at 17 seconds. Another storm system affects local waters tomorrow with SE winds 20-25 knots veering to W and gusting 30 knots in the afternoon, swells 14 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for westerlies 5-15 knots gusting 20-25 Saturday through Monday with seas subsiding to 10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 18-20 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 later today through tomorrow, especially during the afternoon 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.
01/28 Thu 08:54 AM 2.75 L
01/28 Thu 02:48 PM 7.57 H
01/28 Thu 09:02 PM 1.15 L
01/29 Fri 03:42 AM 8.10 H
In Short: Rainy and windy, then continued wet and breezy.