Summary: Breaks long enough to walk the dog alternated with showers yesterday. For the most part the rain was not heavy with the noted exception of a big boomin’ thunderstorm that rolled ashore around midnight between Waldport and Seal Rock dumping an inch of precipitation including some hail. Southerly winds held on for most of the day but stayed below 40 mph and the thermometer couldn’t quite find 60F. Overnight, broken overcast allowed the Moon to shine through periodically, temps slumped a few degrees into the low-50s and the breeze finally subsided around 4:00am. This morning, there were showers on the radar north and south of our area, and the wind was down to 10-20 mph out of the southwest.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 800’ & 3,000’, broken @ 6,000’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: SW 15 mph G 21/Pressure: 29.58”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/52F/34mph/0.61”
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F/36mph/0.44”
Forecast: The showery, wibbly wobbly weather pattern will be with us for a couple more days until the atmosphere settles down in the wake of last week’s storms. The cool unstable air could also produce a few more thunderstorms and occasionally heavy showers today along with some sunbreaks; precip totals anywhere from a quarter to half an inch. The mercury remains around 55F for a high today. Showers are likely with thunderstorms possible tonight and tomorrow as well, low about 50F and Tuesday’s high again 55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Wednesday, rain likely Wednesday night and Thursday, a chance of showers Friday and then partly sunny, possibly even dry, on Saturday and Sunday. Look for light to moderate winds and seasonal temperatures with highs of 55-60F and lows 50F through the week.
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, possible thunderstorms, and the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, southwest winds gusting 30 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are mainly wet this morning, but snow flurries at Santiam and Willamette passes, temps 30-35F; snow showers today, 2-inches accumulation possible, the snow level is 5,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: Seas are running 11-12 feet at 12 seconds this morning with the wind SW 15-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 11:00am today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through late tomorrow night. SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas relax slightly to 11 feet at 11 seconds. W winds are predicted for tomorrow at 10-15 knots with seas 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies again rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Wednesday and Thursday, but then dropping to NW 5-10 knots Friday. Swells near 10 feet throughout the extended period. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers and breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/17 Mon 07:24 AM 0.92 L
10/17 Mon 01:39 PM 9.66 H
10/17 Mon 08:05 PM -1.52 L
10/18 Tue 02:35 AM 8.36 H
In Short: Showers and breezy, then slow drying.