Saturday, August 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Holiday weekend tent campers will be glad they took the time to put up a rain-fly last night. The showers we’ve been hinting at all week arrived early this morning, in spades. Rainfall amounts varied along the Central Coast; the heaviest shower came through Newport and Depoe Bay around daybreak. The wet stuff followed a mostly cloudy day on Friday with light winds and temperatures in the 60s. Fog rolled in before dinner but dissipated about midnight as the leading edge of a weather front arrived. The mercury stayed fairly high overnight in the mid-50s, and winds were negligible.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/61F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 63F/57F/0.18”
Forecast: Leave the rain-fly up today as more showers are possible. For the farmers markets, beach walks and other outdoor activities, take along a light rain jacket. Temps rise to around 65F and southerly winds of 10-15 mph gusting 20 are projected. Damp ground and higher humidity will likely trigger a blanket of fog along the Central Coast later today and early tomorrow. The chance of showers wanes Sunday, sunbreaks are also plausible and highs again top out about 65F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny skies and dry on Labor Day, high 65F, low of 50-55F. Partly to mostly sunny days, mostly cloudy nights, patchy fog and northwest winds are predicted for the balance of the week.
Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic and some delays on Central Coast highways through Monday evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, cloudy, showers and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies and showers with highs of 75F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy, showers; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement today and possibly again tomorrow; partly sunny and dry on Monday.
Marine: Winds are southerly this morning at 10-15 knots as a front moves through local waters; seas are 3 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Fairly light conditions are on tap for silver seekers today. Boats headed out for opening day of the all-Coho season will find S to SW winds 10-15 knots, swells 3 feet and a 2 foot chop. Showers today and fog this evening will reduce visibility at times. The breeze stays W to SW tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and the swell rises to 5 feet Sunday. Outlook is for NW winds on Monday, 5-10 knots, and seas 4 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, back to a Summer pattern of nor’westers 15-25 knots and combined lumpy seas building to 6-7 feet. NOTICE TO MARINERS: The Depoe Bay sound signal is currently inoperative. The OSU Nye Beach research lighted buoy has been discontinued.
On the Beach… Showers, cloudy, fog, surf 3-5 feet (low).
*Gray whale viewing has been terrific at Yaquina Head, Depoe Bay, Boiler Bay and other areas where you can see these leviathans up close from shore. Whale-watching charters have also been offering phenomenal encounters.
* The Water Contact Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/30 Sat 09:27 AM 1.95 L
08/30 Sat 03:49 PM 7.96 H
08/30 Sat 10:21 PM 1.32 L
08/31 Sun 04:33 AM 6.34 H
In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, fog, breezy, then slowly breaking up.