Summary: Like squeezing a dry lemon, only a few drops of rain were wrung out of the clouds yesterday, just enough to keep your wipers on delay. Afternoon temperatures were in the mid-50s with the highest thermometer readings during the past 24 hours actually recorded overnight as a warm front began affecting our area. The breeze was fairly light until about 1:00am when the leading edge of the current weather system arrived. Newport had the peak gust at 37 mph. Rainfall totals were modest at around a tenth of an inch; Lincoln City logged the most with 0.20”. This morning, it was still breezy with some rain falling.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 400’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 20 mph G33/Pressure: 29.95”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/27mph/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 59F/47F/30mph/0.11”
Forecast: Although there are no strong storms on the horizon, some measure of precipitation and southerly winds are expected every day for the next week. So, we’re back to the basics for October. Rain today, up to a half inch, south winds 10-20 mph gusting 25-35, and temperatures steady around 60F. Scattered showers are expected tonight, light winds and lows near 50F. We’re down to a chance of showers tomorrow, southerlies 10 mph or so and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Saturday, rain likely Sunday and Monday, and showers Tuesday and Wednesday. Slightly cooler as the mercury stalls at 55F during the day and dips to 45-50F at night.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50F in the passes; rainy and breezy today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain with light southerlies, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, southeast winds gusting 20-25 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps 45-50F; rain, possibly heavy, and breezy today, the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet. * Travelers should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the highway.
Marine: S winds are blowing 20-25 knots this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through noon. Southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 today along with 8-9 foot swells at 12 seconds and 5 foot chop on top. Light winds are predicted for tonight, SW 5 knots, and seas holding at about 8 feet. Tomorrow, sou’westers rising again to 10-15 knots gusting 20, but swells down to 7 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 Saturday through Monday, swells 8-12 feet with windwaves 4-6 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/20 Thu 09:48 AM 2.58 L
10/20 Thu 03:57 PM 8.85 H
10/20 Thu 10:40 PM -0.74 L
10/21 Fri 05:27 AM 7.34 H
In Short: Rain, chance of showers, then more rain.