Sunday, August 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s low pressure system intensified as it came ashore and became a minor ‘storm’ complete with southwest winds 10-20 mph gusting 25 and a decent drenching from the showers. Depoe Bay was in the bull’s-eye, collecting nearly two-thirds of an inch of precipitation. The thermometer rose to the 60s and skies were mostly cloudy until late in the day when the sun broke through, albeit filtered by patchy fog. Overnight it was mainly overcast and foggy, low temps dropping into the 50s. This morning, a bout of blue at daybreak was followed by a band of clouds arriving off the ocean, winds were light out of the east, and there was fog at the beach.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 64F/56F/0.13”/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 62F/56F/0.43”/0.61”
Forecast: It looks like we’ll get two out of three. The rain has passed and we’re in for a couple of dry days to round out the holiday weekend. For the Lincoln City and Yachats farmers markets and other outdoor activities today, patchy fog, partly to mostly cloudy skies, highs about 65F and light west winds. Tonight, expect some fog, low-level marine clouds and the mercury dipping to 50-55F. Fog and low clouds may hang on for a while tomorrow morning, but eventually there should be some sunshine, light winds and seasonal highs around 65F. Outlook is for sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, warmer temps of 65-70F and increasing northwest winds as the week progresses.
Travel: Heavier than normal traffic and some delays are possible on Central Coast highways through tomorrow evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is partly sunny and dry through Monday.
Marine: As predicted, seas are up a little this morning to 6 feet at 11 seconds and winds are light SSE, 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, southerlies 5-10 knots with a NW swell 5-6 feet. Expect a SW breeze tonight of 5-10 knots gusting 15; swells about 4 feet and a 2 foot chop. Fairly light westerlies are forecast for tomorrow, 5-10 knots, along with 3 foot seas. Outlook is for a return to NW winds beginning Tuesday at 10-15 knots but rising to 15-20 knots with higher gusts Wednesday and Thursday; swells 4-6 feet and windwaves 4 feet in the afternoons and evenings.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, clouds and sunshine, surf 4 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.
08/31 Sun 10:04 AM 2.46 L
08/31 Sun 04:28 PM 7.95 H
08/31 Sun 11:16 PM 1.25 L
09/01 Mon 05:36 AM 5.94 H
In Short: Mixed sky, fog, light breeze, then more Summer.