Summary: The mix predicted for yesterday came to fruition with a few minor sunbreaks early, mostly cloudy skies for the remainder of the daylight period, some light rain in the late afternoon and the thermometer reaching the low-60s, a tad warmer than anticipated. Scattered clouds dotted the sky through the evening and into the night before the leading edge of the current weather system arrived around 2:00am and clouds thickened. Rain began about 5:00am with gusty southerly winds quickly following. This morning, it was raining and south winds were blowing 20-30 mph gusting 35-40.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,600’, overcast @ 2,100’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: S 18 mph G 30/Pressure: 29.45”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/54F/40mph/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F/32mph/0.10”
Forecast: Predictions for wet and windy conditions over the next 24 hours or so are based on a strong low pressure system offshore with a classic Norwegian Cyclone Model frontal structure. This type of weather phenomenon can generate intense storms. However, the one currently developing over the ocean to our west this morning is tracking north and should stay far enough off the coast to keep winds below 50 mph. And, today’s precipitation is expected to be only a quarter inch or so, though higher amounts could fall in possible thunderstorms this afternoon. High around 60F. Tonight, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, south winds rising to 30-40 mph gusting 50 (right on the edge of a high wind warning), and the mercury dips to 50F. We’ll be down to a 30% chance of showers tomorrow, still breezy, and a high temp of 60F. Outlook is for rain Wednesday, showers likely Thursday, a chance of rain Friday and Saturday, then rain likely on Sunday. Normal temperatures are projected all week.
Halloween Night… Light rain or showers, light winds, 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, rain, light wind and 50F in the passes; rain turning to showers and windy today, temperatures about 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, breezy, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers turning to steady rain, east winds 10-15 mph gusting 30, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, temps near 40F; showers this morning, rainy and windy this afternoon, the snow level is above the passes at 7,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.
Marine: S winds are 25-30 knots gusting 35 this morning with rough seas 11 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until noon at which time it is replaced with a Gale Warning in effect through tomorrow morning. Southerlies rising to 20-30 knots gusting 40 this afternoon, combined seas building to 15 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 50 and combined very rough seas 23 feet at just 12 seconds. Look for easing winds tomorrow, S 20-25 knots gusting 30, with seas subsiding to 17 feet at 12 seconds by afternoon. Outlook is for E to SE winds 15-30 knots all week, swells 6-12 feet, highest on Thursday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain/showers, possible thunderstorms, windy, 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.
10/24 Mon 08:50 AM 7.24 H
10/24 Mon 02:42 PM 3.01 L
10/24 Mon 08:31 PM 6.86 H
10/25 Tue 03:00 AM 1.02 L
In Short: Rain, showers, windy, then mainly wet and breezy.