Wednesday, September 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The lower (southern) arm of a weather system passing by to our north yesterday brushed the Central Coast, briefly putting the kibosh on our sunshine late in the afternoon. Around 4:00pm, mid-level clouds from that system rushed in to create an almost instant overcast. There was a fleeting intensification of the cloud layer, which generated patches of measureable drizzle. The whole episode was over in about three hours and skies cleared again by early evening. The mercury rose into the 60s and northwest winds were fairly light at 10-15 mph with gusts to about 20. Partly cloudy skies ruled overnight; lows were mainly around 50F. This morning, there was patchy fog at the beach but partly cloudy elsewhere with a light northeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 69F/57F/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 62F/51F/0.02” Newport: 68F/48F/0.01” Waldport: 63F/49F/0.02” Yachats: 64F/52F/<0.01” Forecast: A rather complex array of weather conditions is expected over the next few days, possibly bringing us the warmest temperatures of the season by Friday. Today, tonight and tomorrow should be fairly typical for Summer with areas of fog at the beaches and bays, lots of clearing inland, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F, and strong northerly winds 15-20 mph gusting to near 30. Outlook is for a change on Friday as the wind veers to the east and draws warm air from the Valley over the Central Coast. Sunny skies, high temps of 75F or better and gusty east winds are projected on Friday. Maybe a little cooler on Saturday, highs of 70-75F, and lighter east winds. Sunday, winds back to the northwest and temperatures become seasonal at 65F during the day and 50F at night. There’s a slight chance of showers by Monday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 70-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 7,000 feet.
Marine: N winds are just 10 knots this morning, but here’s your problem – lumpy seas. They’re 8.5 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for winds runs from late Thursday morning through Thursday night. And, a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas will be in place for late tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. All told, it looks like a few rough days on the ocean. Today, N winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 are expected with combined seas 8-9 feet at 8 seconds, subsiding to 7 feet this afternoon. While the breeze usually fades after midnight, it looks like it’ll build overnight to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35; the same for tomorrow and tomorrow night with rough seas 9 feet at 8 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 and square seas 8 feet at 8 seconds on Friday. For the weekend, N wind 10-20 knots, and still choppy with SW swells 3 feet and 5 foot windwaves.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* 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.
09/03 Wed 08:14 AM 5.83 H
09/03 Wed 01:03 PM 3.47 L
09/03 Wed 07:24 PM 8.05 H
09/04 Thu 02:38 AM 0.44 L
In Short: Patchy fog, partly cloudy, windy, then warm.