WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Weather or Not: Northern Lights Tonight?

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, September 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yachats topped the list of high temperatures yesterday at 85F, but it wasn’t a record. Depoe Bay and Newport tied their historical heat for September 11th at 81F. The warm, east winds were strongest between 8:00am and 6:00pm when they gusted up to near 30 mph. The evening included a striking sunset and nearly calm winds. Tee shirts and shorts remained appropriate attire until darkness fell along with the temperatures. Overnight, light east winds persisted and the mercury dipped into the 50s. At daybreak, skies were clear and the breeze was light out of the northeast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Record High…
Lincoln City: 76F/63F/<84F in 1989 Depoe Bay: 81F/53F/Tied w/81F in 1989 Newport: 81F/55F/Tied w/81F in 1989 Waldport: 80F/49F/<93F in 1953 Yachats: 85F/52F/<93F in 1953 Forecast: Summer continues today with abundant sunshine, high temps of 75F or so and northeast winds 5-10 mph. It looks like we’ll be switching back to more seasonal weather over the weekend with the mercury halting at 65-70F in the afternoons, dropping to 50-55F at night, and the return of northwest winds, though not exceedingly strong. Outlook is for dry with some cloudiness Monday and Tuesday, and then unsettled conditions from mid-week on. Varying chances of precipitation develop by Wednesday with the possibility of our first minor Autumn-like storm system arriving around Thursday. So, dust off your raincoat, you might need it before long.

Auroras… There’s a possibility that the Aurora Borealis will be visible tonight from the Central Coast. A major magnetic storm on the Sun this week is expected to produce Northern Lights which may be observable locally. It’ll depend on sky conditions, but as it is supposed to be clear, you can start looking after sunset. Best viewing would be from midnight to dawn and away from city lights.

Travel: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range east to the Cascades until 9:00pm tonight. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 80-90F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.

Marine: Seas are a tad steeper this morning, 5 feet at 11 seconds, but winds are down to NNE 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect N winds 10-15 knots today and seas 3-4 feet. Northerlies tonight, 15-20 knots early but easing to 10-15 knots after midnight; seas remaining 3-4 feet. For the weekend, decent fishing weather with light N to NE winds 5-10 knots, a 2-3 foot swell and 1-2 foot windwaves. Outlook is for southerly winds Monday and Tuesday, 10-15 knots, with the swell slowly rising to 6 feet. There is a chance for the season’s first storm to arrive sometime late next week, but it doesn’t appear to be packing much punch. NOTICES TO MARINERS: Oregon State University has removed its ‘OSU Research Lighted Buoy A’ at approximate position 44-38-28.08N, 124-18-12.06W. The buoy was yellow with a yellow light flashing every 4 seconds (Fl Y 4s). Also to note, the US Coast Guard August 2014 Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook has replaced the USCG Commandant Instruction Navigation Rules. Besides containing updated material, it has additional pertinent navigation regulations. The handbook is freely available at the USCG’s Navigation Center, here.

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On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
09/12 Fri 08:56 AM 1.20 L
09/12 Fri 03:11 PM 9.13 H
09/12 Fri 09:43 PM -0.10 L
09/13 Sat 04:05 AM 7.45 H

In Short: Mainly clear, less wind, warm, then seasonal.

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