Summary: Most sunny yesterday; increasing clouds, light rain overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/50F/17mph/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 60F/39F/11mph/0.01”
October 2017: 7.73”
Normal October: 5.12”
So far in 2017: 65.12”
Annual average: ~69.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 300’, broken @ 1,200’ & 1,800’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 29.98”
Forecast: We were living on borrowed time for much of October. Even though rain totals were well above average, there were many more dry days than wet, abundant sunshine and the thermometer was mainly higher than normal. That comes to a screeching halt today and tonight with a 50-50 chance of showers and cooler temps, high about 55F, low of 45F. Tomorrow, rain is likely, breezy and the mercury rises to just 50-55F. Outlook is for rain Friday, rain/showers Saturday through Monday, then partly sunny Tuesday. Expect temperatures to be a smidge below average for early November as highs peak in the upper-40s and lows drop to the lower-40s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mixed wet/dry, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 45-55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 40F, the snow level is at 7,000 feet. Snow levels are expected to drop below the Cascade highway passes tonight through Saturday, with several inches of snow predicted. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season begins today and runs through March 31st, 2018. However, the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. A study completed in 2014 concluded studded tires cause about $8.5-million in damage each year on state highways. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are NNW 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 8 seconds. Northwesterly winds off Vancouver Island will keep seas elevated at 8-10 feet with a dominant period around 9 seconds today, particularly across the northern waters. Gusty winds across the northern outer waters should subside temporarily this afternoon and evening. A series of weak low pressures coming from British Columbia will slowly drift southward across Central Coast waters Thursday night through Saturday. This will likely bring additional bouts of winds and higher seas, but Gale Force or stronger winds during this time appear unlikely at this point. A potentially stronger frontal storm system capable of producing Gale Force or stronger winds may impact the waters early next week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, drizzle, light breeze, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/01 Wed 10:49 AM 8.31 H
11/01 Wed 5:07 PM 0.95 L
11/01 Wed 11:15 PM 7.39 H
11/02 Thu 5:04 AM 1.30 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, showers, then rain and much cooler.