Tuesday, September 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: “It’s cold out there,” was a popular phrase yesterday as people came in from outdoors. A cold front passed through the area leaving the mercury struggling to make 60F for a high temperature. Winds out of the southwest were also a sure sign that we’re on the edge of the period when the first bona fide Autumn storms will have the oomph to punch their way in. While skies were practically clear early in the day, the overcast eventually won and held on until sunset when a few sucker holes appeared. Overnight, it remained mostly cloudy, fairly warm and unstable, with a lightning strike recorded up north near Cannon Beach. This morning, the clouds showed signs of breaking up and the wind was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/57F
Depoe Bay: 59F/47F
Forecast: The sun will be visible today along with some clouds, as we’re parked between weather disturbances. High temperatures are expected to be near normal at 60-65F and the breeze will be light out of the south. For tonight, look for mostly cloudy skies with lows in the mid-50s. The leading edge of the next minor system arrives tomorrow bringing the possibility of some light rain showers and thermometer readings in the mid-60s. Outlook is for a better than 50-50 chance of showers Wednesday night and Thursday, a slight chance Friday, and then mostly clear and seasonal over the weekend; highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F, patchy fog and moderate northwest winds.
Travel: The Red Flag Warning has expired, however smoke from the 36 Pit Fire near Estacada, now nearly 2,400 acres in size, may be noticeable in some areas. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, areas of smoke; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet.
Marine: Long-period seas, 4 feet at 21 seconds, should be hardly noticeable offshore this morning, and the breeze is 10-15 knots out of the SSE. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, swells around 4 feet and southerly winds 10-15 knots, easing to 5-10 knots after midnight. SE winds 5-10 knots tomorrow, backing to NE in the afternoon and the swell building to 5 feet. Outlook is for light sou’westers Thursday and 4 foot seas. A return to northerlies 10-20 knots Friday through Sunday with windwaves 3-4 feet, a W swell of 5-7 feet and patchy fog.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/16 Tue 07:36 AM 6.16 H
09/16 Tue 12:43 PM 3.53 L
09/16 Tue 06:48 PM 7.37 H
09/17 Wed 01:57 AM 0.98 L
In Short: Clouds and clearing, light winds, then an increasing chance of rain.