Monday, September 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was indeed strikingly different from Saturday. Sunday’s cool southerly breeze, mostly cloudy skies, drippin’ drizzle and low Sun angle (during a brief clearing spell at midday) made it feel Fall-ish. Precipitation was just barely recordable from Newport north, and the southwest wind blew 15-20 mph with higher gusts (strongest was 40 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge). High temps were in the low-60s. Cloudy conditions continued through the evening and overnight with the mercury easing down to the upper-50s. This morning, it was overcast with a light southerly breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 65F/59F/23mph/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 61F/58F/29mph/0.01”
Forecast: If there’s anything left on the ‘Honey Do’ list to get done “this Summer,” you have until dark to accomplish the task(s). Fall officially begins with the Autumnal Equinox at 7:29pm tonight (see Weather Factoid below). For today’s final few hours of Summer, anticipate mainly cloudy skies, a chance of drizzle and/or fog, highs of 60-65F and light southwest winds. It looks like the calendar and the weather will be seamlessly aligned at the equinox tonight as that’s when we expect real Fall-like conditions to commence. Rain is likely with south winds 5-10 mph and low temps of 50-55F. Tomorrow, showers, highs of 60-65F and southerly winds rising to 10-15 mph gusting 20. Outlook is for a heftier Autumn storm front to push in tomorrow night packing heavy rain, amounts as high as 1-2 inches, and south winds building to 20-25 mph gusting 30 with blasts of 40-50 mph possible on beaches and headlands. Unsettled showery weather is the follow-on for Thursday and Friday, with drying and some sunshine by the weekend. Temperatures through the period are projected to range from 50-55F lows to 60-65F highs.
Travel: Smoke from area wildfires may affect travelers in Northwest Oregon today. The 36 Pit Fire southeast of Estacada is at 5,100 acres and 45% contained. The Scoggins Creek Fire near Hagg Lake is 200 acres and about 55% contained. In the Coast Range today, partly sunny and 70-75F. Valley destinations will be mostly cloudy with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level has dropped to 8,000 feet.
Marine: Sensible seas this morning, 5 feet at 10 seconds, and S winds are blowing 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Summer wraps up today with southerlies 10-15 knots, seas of 5 feet and areas of fog and drizzle. Ditto tonight. Tomorrow, look for S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, choppy seas of 4-6 feet and rain showers likely. Outlook is for a storm system to barrel through local waters Tuesday night into Wednesday night with S winds rising to 20-25 knots, possibly gusting up to gale force, heavy rain and lumpy seas building to 10-15 feet. The breeze settles down Thursday and Friday to southerly 10-15 knots, but the swell is expected to stay up around 8-10 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, fog and drizzle, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/22 Mon 12:08 PM 7.58 H
09/22 Mon 06:05 PM 1.57 L
09/23 Tue 12:11 AM 7.67 H
09/23 Tue 06:19 AM 0.98 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, fog/drizzle, then wet and windy.
Weather Factoid: What the heck is an equinox, anyway? Equinoxes take place twice a year; once in September (the Autumnal Equinox) and once in March (the Vernal Equinox). These brief events occur when the Sun shines directly on the equator, making our length of day and night almost equal. And, of course, the seasons change. In this evening’s case, at exactly 7:29pm we’ll go instantly from Summer to Fall, though it’s the other way around in the Southern Hemisphere where they’ll leap from Winter into Spring. Technically, the Autumnal Equinox happens at the precise moment the Sun passes from north to south across the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the sky perched directly above the Earth’s real equator. This event transpires on either September 21st, 22nd, or 23rd each year.