Summary: During a day that saw tornados damage two Oregon coastal communities up north, Manzanita and Oceanside, our local heavy showers, lightning flashes, sunbreaks and moderate winds pale in comparison. The showers, though intense, didn’t last long so precipitation totals were generally around just half an inch. It was indeed breezy most of the day but gusts never cleared the 50 mph mark along the Central Coast, and high temps were in the low-60s. Overnight, showers continued until about 4:00am when the rain became more steady and lows dropped slightly to the mid-50s. At daybreak, there was light rain and a southeast wind blowing at 15-25 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 800′, broken @ 1,300′ & 2,100’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 15 mph G 22/Pressure: 29.27”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 62F/55F/47mph/0.56”/3.58”
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F/45mph/0.53”/3.51”
Watches, Warnings and Advisories…
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from 8:00am to 5:00pm today. Southerly winds will rapidly increase this morning. South winds 40-50 mph with gusts 75 mph, strongest near exposed beaches and headlands. Coastal communities and sheltered areas can expect south winds 25-35 mph with gusts 50-60 mph. For the higher terrain of the Coast Range, south winds 40-50 mph with gusts 75 mph. Peak winds are projected between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Impacts could include broken and downed tree limbs entangled with power lines, creating power outages. Any tree debris on roads may hinder travel. Also, trees could be toppled, especially shallow rooted trees and trees in highly exposed locations. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
A High Surf Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from noon today to 10:00pm evening. Seas building to around 30 feet this afternoon. Beach erosion and large sneaker waves are possible. Sneaker waves run considerably further up the beach than regular waves and can easily knock people and pets off their feet and drag them out to sea. A High Surf Warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the warning area producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion.
A Hurricane Force Wind Warning has been issued for local waters by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from 9:00am this morning to 5:00pm this afternoon. Wind gusts to 70 knots and steep waves up to 30 feet are predicted, making the sea extremely dangerous today.
Forecast: Our friend the ocean is about to stab us today as the Ides of October Storm makes landfall. If there’s any good news at all in the latest projections, it’s that peak wind gusts are expected to be around 75 mph instead of 90 indicated by earlier computer models. That said, it should still be plenty breezy in our Central Coast communities with southwesterly winds being strongest midday before easing this evening. Gusts to 60-75 mph are not out of the question, about an inch of rain is expected and high temps top out around 55F. Tonight, the breeze should be down to 15-25 mph gusting 35 with showers and possible thunderstorms dropping another inch of precipitation and lows dip to 50 or so. Showers continue tomorrow, southerlies 15-20 mph gusting 35 and an additional inch of moisture is probable. Outlook is for showers continuing Monday, rain Tuesday, then a chance of showers and sunbreaks Wednesday through Friday. Look for normal thermometer readings with highs of 60F and lows of 50F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50F in the passes; a High Wind Warning is in effect for gusts to 75 mph, rain turning to showers, a slight chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures about 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain with a High Wind Warning for Salem and Portland where gusts to 50 mph are expected, a Wind Advisory for Corvallis and Eugene with gusts of 40 mph predicted, and the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy, east winds gusting 25 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps around 40F; rainy and windy today with gusts to 60 mph, the snow level is above the passes at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and breezy in all areas through Sunday night with the Cascades snow level dipping to about 6,000 feet tomorrow and tomorrow night. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: After easing a bit yesterday, this morning SE winds are 25-30 knots with steep seas 17 feet at 13 seconds. A Hurricane Force Wind Warning is in effect from 9:00am this morning through this afternoon. S winds rising to 40-50 knots gusting 70 and combined extremely rough seas 30 feet at 14 seconds today. The breeze eases to 30-35 knots gusting 45 tonight with seas subsiding to 16 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35, square seas of 13 feet at 13 seconds and 7 foot windwaves on top. Outlook is for W to SW winds 10-25 knots Monday through Wednesday, seas 9-12 feet. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and very windy, surf 30 feet (extreme).
* A High Surf Warning is in effect with waves up to 30 feet today. This is a very dangerous situation so stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches. These areas will 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.
10/15 Sat 12:18 PM 9.05 H
10/15 Sat 06:31 PM -0.56 L
10/16 Sun 12:52 AM 8.44 H
10/16 Sun 06:40 AM 0.57 L
In Short: Stormy, then showers and breezy.