Monday, September 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: With high temperatures in the mid-60s or above, wall-to-wall sunshine, light northwest winds and no precipitation, yesterday was the epitome of Central Coast ‘shoulder season’ weather. Though smoke from area wildfires hazed the air throughout the Coast Range and Willamette Valley, the slightly onshore wind flow kept the coast clear. A few clouds were visible offshore at sunset, but skies remained basically flawless overnight with the mercury dipping into the 40s in most locations. A big change happened swiftly this morning as a push of marine air arrived at 6:00am; low clouds and fog were dominant and the light wind had turned southerly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/57F
Depoe Bay: 64F/47F
Forecast: The weather is fluctuating, and projections for the next few days show unsettled conditions. Expect patchy fog, partly to mostly cloudy skies and cooler today, highs of 60-65F. There’s a slight chance of dry thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Mostly cloudy skies with patchy fog tonight, lows of 45-50F and light southerly winds. Tomorrow begins with patchy fog, maybe some drizzle, followed by more widespread cloud cover and the thermometer rising to 60-65F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Wednesday through Friday, but a return to sunshine by the weekend. Temperatures are expected to remain seasonal during the period.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning for extreme fire weather remains in effect for all of Northwest Oregon (except the coast) from the Coast Range east to the Cascades until 5:00am tomorrow. Smoke from the 36 Pit Fire near Estacada will be noticeable throughout the region. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, areas of smoke and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies and areas of smoke with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny, areas of smoke, chance of thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet.
Marine: The predicted wind reversal is occurring this morning and the breeze is light out of the SW; seas are 2 feet at 7 seconds and patchy fog has developed. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, SW winds 5 knots, seas 2 feet, patchy fog and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Tonight and tomorrow, sou’westers 10-15 knots gusting 20 with mixed seas 4 feet, patchy fog and drizzle. Outlook is for S winds 5-10 knots and swells of 4-5 feet through Thursday before a return to northerlies on Friday.
On the Beach… Foggy, sun and clouds, 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.
09/15 Mon 11:31 AM 3.19 L
09/15 Mon 05:42 PM 7.77 H
09/16 Tue 12:47 AM 0.83 L
09/16 Tue 07:36 AM 6.16 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, fog, chance of thunderstorms, light winds, then rain showers.