Monday, September 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: The tail end of our recent weather system kept skies mostly cloudy yesterday, at least until early evening when lots of blue broke through. Winds were light out of the east and high temps stayed in the 60s; Yachats had the warmest reading at 69F. The sunset was little hampered by a few clouds and the sky remained mostly clear overnight. At daybreak, a light east wind was holding the majority of marine clouds and thicker fog at bay offshore, though it was hazy along the beach.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/55F
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F
Central Coast Precipitation Stats…
August 2014: 0.63”
August Norm: 1.02”
So Far 2014: 33.03”
Annual Norm: 69.57”
Forecast: We’ll wrap up the holiday weekend with the sunniest day of the bunch. For those who want to spend Labor Day not working but happily planted in a lawn chair, mostly sunny skies are expected, the thermometer rises to 65-70F and northwest winds of 5-15 mph this afternoon, gusting to 20 by evening. Increasing clouds tonight, low of 55F. Tomorrow, look for mostly sunny skies, windy late in the day and a high of 65F. Outlook is for more Summer with mainly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, seasonal temperatures and gusty northwest winds through Wednesday. A pattern of northeasterly offshore wind flow is setting up for late in the week, which could produce warmer temps of 70F or even a little higher on Thursday and Friday.
Travel: Heavier than normal traffic and some delays are possible on Central Coast highways through this evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, sunny and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 75-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is clear and dry through tonight.
Marine: It is nearly calm across local waters this morning and seas are 4 feet at 8 seconds. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Heads up if you’re headed out fishing today as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through late tonight. Gusty N winds 15 knots are expected by midday, but rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this evening; combined choppy seas building to 6 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, a NW swell of 5 feet and windwaves 3 feet. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots and combined short-period seas 4-6 feet through Friday.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunshine, breezy, surf 2-4 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.
09/01 Mon 10:49 AM 2.93 L
09/01 Mon 05:16 PM 7.92 H
09/02 Tue 12:21 AM 1.11 L
09/02 Tue 06:53 AM 5.73 H
In Short: Patchy fog, mostly clear, windy, then more Summer.