Sunday, September 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Locals often remark that the ‘shoulder months’ of May and September (see Weather Factoid below) have the best weather on the Central Coast. We’re not making that up, either, as evidenced by yesterday’s Goldilocks conditions. A light north-northwest sea breeze from 10:00am to 5:00pm capped high temperatures mostly in the 60s with a couple of 70s in the mix, and no precipitation was recorded. Sunshine prevailed all day for beach bashes, happy hikes, fantastic fishing, you name it. Not a cloud in the sky through the evening and overnight; the mercury dipped to around 50F, except in the Banana Belt around Lincoln City. This morning, it was clear and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/57F
Depoe Bay: 67F/50F
Forecast: Bare shoulders will be part of the wardrobe again today for the Lincoln City and Yachats Farmers Markets as temperatures top out at 70F or so this afternoon in full-on sunshine and light winds. A sluggish change begins tonight with some patchy fog possible and lows about 50F. Tomorrow, there’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, but still mostly sunny and 65-70F. Outlook is for increasing chances of drizzle and cloudier skies Tuesday, cooler, high 60-65F and light southerly winds. Wednesday we’re up to a 50-50 chance of some rain followed by showers later in the week, but back to shoulder season weather next weekend.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range to the Cascades until 8:00pm tonight. Highway 18 Business is closed for construction through the weekend about 2 miles east of Willamina, which may cause some delays on the main stretch of Highway 18 through that area. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is clear skies, hot temperatures and dry pavement.
Marine: It is calm and seas are about 4 feet at 8 seconds this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Looks like another terrific day for chasing salmon and tuna as NE winds stay below 10 knots today and the swell subsides to about 2 feet. Tonight, the breeze plays around in the southerly quarter of the compass, 5 knots, and seas remain low at 2 feet. S to SE wind tomorrow at 5 knots with a very long period swell of 2 feet at 23 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies of 10-15 knots Tuesday through Thursday, seas building to 4-5 feet. Patchy fog, drizzle, showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the extended period.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the heat; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/14 Sun 10:32 AM 2.63 L
09/14 Sun 04:45 PM 8.28 H
09/14 Sun 11:40 PM 0.54 L
09/15 Mon 06:18 AM 6.37 H
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, warm, then cloudier with rain showers midweek.
Weather Factoid: Why do May and September often have the nicest weather on the Central Coast? Simple; they are in the ‘tween seasons periods. In May, the ferocious Winter storms are toast but the typical Summer pattern has yet to mature. So, lots of sunshine and light winds. At the other end of Summer in September, the large Pacific High responsible for the cool and blustery northwest winds every afternoon and evening unravels. We still get the sunny days but the driving force for the strong sea breeze is seriously weakened.