Wednesday, September 10 – Lincoln County
Summary: We’ll put Tuesday in the Average Summer Day column with mostly sunny skies after the morning clouds dissipated around noon. High temperatures topped out in the mid-60s, northwest winds blew 10 mph gusting to about 15, and no precipitation was recorded. The evening and overnight were crystal clear allowing the nearly-full Moon to bathe us in its cheerful light. The thermometer dipped into the 50s early this morning, except for Newport which was considerably cooler. At daybreak, a few clouds ghosted by offshore, it was mostly clear above and the light northeast wind was barely perceptible.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/56F
Depoe Bay: 63F/53F
Forecast: There’s a change afoot. For lack of a better term, we’ll call it a Warm Wave. While most of Northwest Oregon goes under a Fire Weather Watch tomorrow, it looks like the Central Coast will be spared the highest temperatures and strongest east winds. The only part of Lincoln County included in the watch is the far eastern portion in the Coast Range. Today will again be about average with sunshine, highs near 65F and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25. The breeze starts shifting to the east tonight, 10-15 mph, and lows drop to 50F or so. Current projections show tomorrow as the warmest along the Central Coast at 70-75F with east winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for mostly clear skies through Monday, highs 65-70F, lows of 50-55F and moderate winds. So, we’ll apparently escape the brunt of the heat. But just the same, with warmer temperatures, dry fuels and gusty winds it’s a good idea to remain vigilant and extremely cautious with fire everywhere in the county until we get some rain. On that note, the only foreseeable joy for pluviophiles comes in the long range forecasts, which still show a 50-50 chance of rain next week, Wednesday and/or Thursday.
Travel: A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range east to the Cascades for Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.
Marine: The wind is up a little this morning, out of the N at 10-15 knots, and seas are 5 feet at 15 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at noon today and runs through tomorrow night. Expect northerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 this afternoon along with choppy 4-5 foot seas. Tonight, N winds 20-25 knots and combined seas 5 feet. Even stronger winds are projected for tomorrow, NE 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and steep 6 foot windwaves. Outlook is for nor’easters 20-25 knots on Friday with 5 foot chop, but winds backing to N 10-15 knots for the weekend; seas subsiding to 3-4 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides (The Moon’s close proximity and its elevated gravitational pull gives us the unusual occurrence of two minus tides today)
09/10 Wed 07:30 AM -0.09 L
09/10 Wed 01:48 PM 9.27 H
09/10 Wed 08:00 PM -0.15 L
09/11 Thu 02:15 AM 8.67 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then warm.