Thursday, Mar. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: It’s not a new type of aircraft, but a coastal jet moves almost as fast. When a storm comes in, sometimes the wind gets squeezed up against the Coast Range and blows harder along-shore than offshore. That was the case yesterday as a southerly coastal jet produced winds to 65-75 mph on Central Coast beaches and headlands, with lesser gusts out past 10 miles from shore. On Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range, a gust of 95 mph was recorded about 9:30pm last night. Adding to the storm was about an inch of rain and surf around 25 feet high rolling up the beaches. The mercury rose into the upper-50s. The breeze slowly abated overnight and the rain had turned to showers by early this morning. At daybreak, showers dotted the radar and southerly winds were blowing 20-30 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 3,100′, 4,200′ & 5,000′
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: SSW 22 G 30 mph/Pressure: 29.63”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/49F/57mph/1.14”
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F/51mph/1.49”
Forecast: An amalgam of conditions are expected to make up today’s weather with showers, possible thunderstorms, sunbreaks, sou’westers 15-25 mph gusting 30, and a high about 55F. The showery instability continues overnight, low 45F. Tomorrow, the next system arrives with rain but light winds, high again around 55F. Outlook is for a more significant storm on Saturday and Sunday including heavy rain and winds gusting near 40 mph, rain likely Monday, showers Tuesday, then a slight chance of showers and partly sunny Wednesday (which may indicate some light at the end of the tunnel). Thermometer readings are projected to be a little below average with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40-45F in the passes; showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 25 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have snow flurries and spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; snow showers today, 1-3 inches accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 4,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Seas are still quite high this morning, 25 feet at 14 seconds, with winds SW 20-30 knots gusting 35. A Gale Warning remains in effect until 10:00am. SW winds 30-45 knots easing to 20-25 knots late this morning and seas subsiding to 20 feet. Tonight, S winds 10-20 knots, swells dropping to 13 feet after midnight. Fairly benign conditions tomorrow with SW winds 10-15 knots and seas around 10 feet. Outlook is for the next front to barrel in on Friday night into Saturday packing southerlies 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 13 feet, another SW blow Sunday, 25-30 knots of breeze with rough seas 21 feet, and then W winds 20-25 knots Monday, swells subsiding to 16 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 15-18 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 near this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
03/10 Thu 07:00 AM 0.22 L
03/10 Thu 01:14 PM 9.07 H
03/10 Thu 07:17 PM -0.23 L
03/11 Fri 01:42 AM 9.42 H
In Short: Showers, then rainy and windy.