Summary: Rain, wind and low overcast dominated the morning hours yesterday. Newport had the highest wind gust at 37 mph recorded around 11:00am and Yachats reported the most precipitation with over half an inch. High temps were around 60F. The majority of the weather system had moved east by lunchtime and fog developed over much of our area, persisting through the afternoon and evening. However, Depoe Bay and Lincoln City pulled a rabbit out of their hats and enjoyed a cheery block of sunshine before darkness fell. Overnight, broken low clouds and fog were the rule with the mercury remaining fairly warm in the mid-50s and it was dead calm. By daybreak, a light southerly breeze had sprung up and fog cut visibility to as low as a quarter mile in places.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: dense fog, overcast @ 200’
Visibility: 0.25 miles/Wind: SSW 5 mph/Pressure: 29.89”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F/27mph/0.30”
Depoe Bay: 58F/54F/33mph/0.32”
Forecast: A threat of showers lingers with the next bouts of steady rain expected over the weekend and early next week. There’s a chance for some showers developing this afternoon, light south winds and highs of 55-60F. Showers are likely tonight, patchy fog and a low around 50F. Tomorrow could be relatively dry with some sunbreaks after the fog burns off and the thermometer rising to 60F or so. Outlook is for a wide range of wardrobe necessary for the weekend as another weather system is set to arrive Saturday night bringing rain, up to a quarter inch, and gusty winds. For Sunday, the jury is still out with conflicting computer models projecting anything from a 20% to an 80% chance of rain, then more rain Monday, showers Tuesday and a chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday. Normal temps are expected with highs of 55-60F and lows around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement and 50F in the passes; a 50-50 chance of showers today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain/showers with light southerlies, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain early, showers later, southwest winds 5-10 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps 45-50F; rain turning to showers today, the snow level is well above the passes at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry tomorrow, possibly quite foggy, then rain Saturday night and steady rain or showers Sunday through Sunday night, the Cascades snow level remains 6,000-7,000 feet and should not affect the highways. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.
Marine: Conditions are relatively benign offshore this morning as winds have come down to S 8-10 knots with seas 6 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow afternoon. Winds becoming SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, swells 8 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, W winds 10 knots gusting 15 and seas building to 12 feet at 14 seconds. A front is expected to push S winds up to 20-25 knots tomorrow afternoon with seas 10-12 feet at 13-14 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-20 knots Sunday, seas 6-10 feet, then S winds 25-30 knots Monday and Tuesday, seas rebuilding to 11-14 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Fog, chance of showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/21 Fri 10:48 AM 3.10 L
10/21 Fri 04:54 PM 8.22 H
10/21 Fri 11:41 PM -0.16 L
10/22 Sat 06:33 AM 7.11 H
In Short: Chance of showers, fog, then rainy and windy.