Summary: For the second day in a row, we started yesterday off with blustery winds and heavy rain, only to be replaced by a lighter breeze and a few showers in the afternoon. Precipitation totals were generally in the neighborhood of two-thirds of an inch, though Waldport picked up 0.85” for the most locally. Winds remained under 30 mph, skies were mainly cloudy with a few brief sunbreaks and the mercury rose to near 60F. As predicted, the next weather system arrived just before midnight bringing additional rainfall and southerly winds gusting to 25 mph or so overnight. At daybreak, it was still raining with a moderate southeast breeze.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,000’, broken @ 1,600’, overcast @ 3,600’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 14 mph G 22/Pressure: 29.56”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/0.67”
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F/0.65”
Forecast: It’s hard to tell if the Jet Stream is a friend or foe these days. A southerly dip in this upper-level wind river is allowing storms to move through the northeast Pacific Ocean on a regular basis, but the Stream’s track is keeping these storms just offshore. Given that scenario, the heaviest rain and strongest winds are staying out to sea a few miles. Nonetheless, expect rain today, up to three-quarters of an inch, with southerly winds 15-25 mph gusting 30-40 this afternoon, high around 60F. Showers tonight, easing winds and lows of 50-55F. Still a 50-50 chance of a few showers tomorrow, a light breeze and a high of 60F. Outlook is for a break on Friday with some sunshine and light east winds, showers return Saturday, rain likely Sunday and Monday, and a chance of rain Tuesday. Highs 60F, lows 50F throughout the period.
Halloween Night… A chance of rain, light winds, temps near 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 50-55F in the passes; rain at times and windy today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, south winds gusting 25-30 mph, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for up to an inch of rain, light east winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps near 45F; rainy and breezy today, the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.
Marine: Conditions have lightened up this morning as SSE winds are down to 20-25 knots with seas just 6 feet at 11 seconds. But, a Gale Warning kicks in at 11:00am this morning and remains in effect through the evening. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 by this afternoon and combined seas building to 13 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 10-15 knots gusting 20 by midnight, swells subsiding to 9 feet at 10 seconds. Southerlies continue tomorrow at 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas down to 7 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for light SE wind 5 knots and swells around 6 feet on Friday, SE wind 10-15 knots Saturday, swells building to 11 feet, and S wind 5-10 knots Sunday, seas dropping to about 8 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, 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.
10/26 Wed 10:28 AM 7.80 H
10/26 Wed 04:39 PM 1.73 L
10/26 Wed 10:41 PM 7.01 H
10/27 Thu 04:40 AM 1.37 L
In Short: Rain, windy, a short break, then wet and breezy.