Thursday, September 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Status quo yesterday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower to middle 60s. Northwest winds blew 15-25 mph with a few higher gusts, and no precipitation was recorded. Clouds were nowhere to be seen throughout the evening and overnight, albeit a soft haze developed on the beaches from time to time. Early this morning, the Man in the Moon’s chin was missing as his waning gibbous phase begins, late Summer constellations were shining brightly, the east wind had begun and low temps were in the 50s. Though it’s still officially Summer, the eastern part of the state is already cooling to Fall-like temperatures; Meacham had 27F this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/52F
Depoe Bay: 63F/51F
Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for a strong, early September east wind event expected over northwest Oregon today and tomorrow. Unusually strong and widespread east winds are already building across the region. The brunt of the winds will take place today into this evening but continue in a weaker state through Friday. East winds of 15-25 mph will be common over much of the Central Coast with 45 mph in the far eastern portion of Lincoln County and the higher elevations of the Coast Range. The combination of low humidity and very dry brush and grass with these warm, gusty east winds will elevate the danger of brush blazes and roadside grass fires. Any new fires will spread rapidly. Also, these wind speeds in combination with the fact that trees still have a full set of leaves on them could lead to some tree damage as well as power disruptions, and even bring down a few power lines. Do not approach any downed power lines. Call your local utility or 911. Gusty winds will likely also cause problems for higher profile vehicles such as tractor-trailer rigs and for those pulling trailers.
So, while the Central Coast will escape much of this event, it still looks like we’ll see 75F or better today and blustery east winds. Clear skies tonight, lows of 50-55F and continued breezy. Slight cooling is expected tomorrow, about 70F for a high, and lighter east winds. Outlook is for mainly clear skies over the weekend with the thermometer climbing to 65-70F, dropping to 55F at night and light east winds. An outside chance of showers is looming for mid-week.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range east to the Cascades for today through tomorrow afternoon. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, breezy and 80-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies and windy conditions with highs of 80-90F. For the Cascades, sunny and breezy; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are out of the NNE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are 6 feet at 12 seconds. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect now through late tonight. NE winds 20-25 knots gusting to 30 are expected today and tonight with steep windwaves to 7 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze backs to northerly 15-20 knots and seas subside to 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 5-15 knots with seas 2-3 feet on Saturday and Sunday. Light southerlies are projected for Monday.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/11 Thu 08:13 AM 0.50 L
09/11 Thu 02:29 PM 9.31 H
09/11 Thu 08:51 PM -0.24 L
09/12 Fri 03:08 AM 8.10 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, warm, then seasonal.