Summary: Don’t shoot the messenger. With dire, albeit ill-imagined, predictions of something akin to the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, yesterday’s Ides of October Storm sort of fizzled out. It was just another autumn day on the Central Coast with winds 50-60 mph. Yachats did have one gust to 63 mph, and it hit 102 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range, but those figures really aren’t outside the box for this time of year. Gusts during last Thursday’s blow (an unnamed storm) were indeed higher. Scattered reports of damage along the Coast and in the Willamette Valley came in yesterday as a few trees fell and power was out in some areas, but overall it appears we dodged the bullet on this one. The breeze faded and the wind warnings were lifted about 4:00pm. Throughout the evening and overnight, showers released a smidge of rain and winds stayed mainly under 40mph. Glimpses of the Full Hunter’s Moon brightened the night sky and at daybreak it was mostly cloudy with some showers on the radar and southerly winds 25 mph gusting 40.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 22 mph G 35/Pressure: 29.32”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 62F/55F/55mph/0.39”/3.97”
Depoe Bay: 59F/53F/43mph/0.24”/3.75”
Forecast: The post-storm unstable atmosphere will continue generating showers and possibly some thunderstorms today through tomorrow. Overall rainfall could be around an inch and a half with blustery south winds mostly 15-20 mph gusting 30-40 mph. Highs of 55-60F, low tonight 50F. Outlook is for a lingering chance of showers Tuesday through Saturday, though mixed with sunbreaks beginning Thursday. Average October temps are expected with highs about 60F and lows of 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50F in the passes; showers, scattered thunderstorms and breezy today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, south winds gusting 30 mph and the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, southerly winds gusting 20-25 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps around 40F; showers and windy today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and breezy in all areas tonight with the Cascades snow level dipping to about 5,500’ feet. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: Winds are down to S 25-30 knots with seas 14 feet at 10 seconds this morning. A Gale Warning remains in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. Southerly winds today 20-25 knots gusting 35, combined rough seas 14 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 with square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Still choppy tomorrow, seas 12 feet at 12 seconds, and lighter winds W to SW 10-20 knots gusting 20-30 knots. Outlook is for mainly southerlies Tuesday through Thursday at 10-20 knots gusting 25 with swells 8-10 feet. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers and breezy, surf 12-14 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/16 Sun 12:58 PM 9.45 H
10/16 Sun 07:18 PM -1.19 L
10/17 Mon 01:43 AM 8.49 H
10/17 Mon 07:24 AM 0.92 L
In Short: Showers and occasionally breezy all week.