Summary: Yes, that was a heck of a blast of wind last night. Gusts around 40 mph were common along the Central Coast from 10:00pm through 6:00am. The cause was a tight pressure gradient on the bottom side of a fairly strong low pressure system that had already slipped by. Depoe Bay recorded the highest gust at 47 mph and also had the most rain with over half an inch. This all came on the heels of a wet but rather benevolent day as highs reached the upper-50s and winds were generally light.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,500’ & 2,900’, broken @ 4,800’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SSW 16 mph G 21/Pressure: 29.72”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/54F/40mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 57F/52F/47mph/0.57”
Forecast: Showers and sunbreaks today, the breeze eases to 10-20 mph and the mercury reaches for the upper-50s. Of course, local spooks are focused on this evening for Trick-or-Treating. Uncertainty remains in all available projections for the period 4:00pm-9:00pm when the ghouls, ghosts and goblins will be out haunting our streets. The best guess is a 50-50 chance of showers, light south winds and temps near 50F. So, whether it’s a trick or a treat is still in doubt. (By the way, even if we do get some breaks in the clouds and showers, it’s going to be plenty dark this evening – New Moon was yesterday and only the tiniest crescent of the lunar orb will be visible for werewolf howling just after dusk, setting at 7:06pm.) The showers are expected to fade by the bewitching hour of midnight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, showers possible early with a chance of steadier rain later in the day, south winds gusting 20 mph or so and a high of 55-60F. Outlook is for rainy and breezy conditions Wednesday, partly to mostly sunny Thursday and Friday, then stormy Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures 50F to 60F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45-50F in the passes; rain at times and breezy today, high temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rainy and breezy conditions, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light southwest winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet and it is raining this morning, temps near 35F; rainy and windy today, the snow level is just above the passes at 5,500 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck website before hitting the road.
Marine: Seas are rough, 11 feet at 11 seconds, this morning with SSW winds 25-30 knots. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect until noon. SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, easing to 10-15 knots by this afternoon and swells subsiding to 8-10 feet at 12 seconds. Light southerlies 5-15 knots tonight with seas down to 6-7 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, S winds 10-15 knots, swells 8 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 25-35 knots Wednesday through Friday, combined seas building from 12 to 20 feet during this period. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… 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.
10/31 Mon 07:04 AM 2.38 L
10/31 Mon 01:11 PM 8.49 H
10/31 Mon 07:41 PM -0.17 L
11/01 Tue 02:12 AM 7.37 H
In Short: Showers, rain, a break, then continued stormy.