Summary: Around a half-dozen cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and accompanying simultaneous thunder rattled residents of the Newport area between 1:00pm and 2:00pm yesterday. And it poured; rain from these storm cells quickly totaled over three-quarters of an inch. It was an extremely exciting and very dynamic hour. The rest of the day along the Central Coast was a mix of showers, sunbreaks and moderate winds with the thermometer mainly in the upper-50s. Lincoln City hit 60F for our local high and had the lightest breeze. The unstable conditions persisted during the evening and overnight hours which were punctuated by a stray shower or two and a few breaks in the clouds. It was still showery at daybreak with winds light out of the southeast.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 800’, broken @ 1,400’, overcast @ 2,200’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SSE 5 mph/Pressure: 29.89”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/51F/13mph/0.50”
Depoe Bay: 57F/49F/36mph/0.42”
Forecast: The threat of additional thunderstorms diminishes by this afternoon and fewer showers are anticipated as the atmosphere stabilizes somewhat today. Look for light south winds and high temps in the upper-50s. Might see some fog develop tonight, low around 50F. Rain is likely again tomorrow along with southerly winds gusting 20 mph or so and the mercury climbing to 60F. Outlook is for rain turning to showers on Thursday, a chance of showers and partly sunny Friday and Saturday, and then mainly cloudy with showers Sunday and Monday. Highs of 55-60F and lows of 50F and expected throughout the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45F in the passes; ODOT has announced that due to weather conditions, nighttime closures on the new stretch of Highway 20 through the Eddyville area have been cancelled for the rest of the construction season; showers and moderate winds today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light southwest winds, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning; breezy with rain and snow showers today, up to 1-inch snow accumulation, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, carry chains or tractions tires. * Travelers should visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: Winds are down to WSW 10-15 knots with seas running 12 feet at 13 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through late tonight. W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, seas subsiding to 10 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 10 feet at 12 seconds. Seas diminish to 7-9 feet at 13 seconds tomorrow and winds should be fairly light, SE 10-15 knots. Outlook is for southerlies rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas 10 feet at 12 seconds on Thursday, SW winds 5-10 knots Friday, seas 11 feet, and S winds 15-20 knots with 12 foot seas Saturday. * Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers and possible thunderstorms, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/18 Tue 08:09 AM 1.40 L
10/18 Tue 02:22 PM 9.63 H
10/18 Tue 08:53 PM -1.53 L
10/19 Wed 03:29 AM 8.07 H
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, rain, then some drying.