Summary: The welcome dry spell that began Friday continued into yesterday with a mixed sky, light winds and high temps in the low-60s. Just after sunset, there was enough clearing to get an extraordinary look at Saturn and Venus, who are currently celestial traveling companions, visible right next to each other in the southwest. But alas, the October overcast returned by midnight, some light rain showers began, east winds rose to 10-15 mph gusting 20 and lows were 45-50F. The precipitation intensified around 5:00am and was still coming down at daybreak, albeit winds were nearly calm.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,200’, broken @ 1,900’, overcast @ 5,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 3 mph/Pressure: 29.50”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 63F/49F/0.05”
Forecast: The double-edged sabre of the Jet Stream continues to rattle our weather pattern. While threatening storms are generally being aimed at us, they’re making landfall farther north, keeping the strongest winds and most moisture just offshore. Rain today, up to a quarter inch, along with south winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and the mercury rising to the upper-50s. The blade of this system’s sabre takes a swipe at us tonight as winds increase to 30-35 mph gusting 45, showers and thunderstorms are possible, lows dip to 50F. For Halloween Day, rain, easing south winds and a high of 55-60F. Outlook is for showers Tuesday, rain likely Wednesday, showers again Thursday, then rain likely and windy Friday through Sunday. Near normal temps expected all week.
Halloween Night… 50-50 chance of showers, 10-15 mph winds, temp 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s rain, wet pavement and 45F in the passes; rain turning to showers and possible thunderstorms today, high temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, showers and possible thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, temps near 40F; rain today, the snow level is 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads tonight with the snow level staying above the Cascade passes at 6,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.
Marine: ESE winds are 10-15 knots this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from late this morning through this evening. A Gale Warning will be hoisted for late tonight through tomorrow morning. SE winds rising to 15-25 knots by this afternoon, swells 7-8 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 and combined seas building to 10-12 feet at 10 seconds. Southerlies continue tomorrow, 20-25 knots gusting 35 early, easing during the afternoon with seas subsiding to around 9 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 20-25 knots Tuesday, swells 8 feet, and then gales Wednesday and Thursday as southerlies rise to 25-35 knots and combined rough seas build to 18-20 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/30 Sun 12:40 PM 8.48 H
10/30 Sun 07:08 PM -0.03 L
10/31 Mon 01:34 AM 7.39 H
10/31 Mon 07:04 AM 2.38 L
In Short: Rain, showers, then continued wet and windy.