Wednesday, September 17 – Lincoln County
Summary: One of the compromises we make for our lovely ‘shoulder season’ weather is that it can change quickly as if controlled by a switch. It was on again yesterday with sunshine and the mercury climbed to the mid-60s. Winds were out of the southwest 5-10 mph with a few higher gusts. Mostly clear skies persisted into the evening hours and overnight. But early this morning, clouds thickened and a light rain shower passed through the area. No measureable precipitation was recorded along the Central Coast, but about 0.10” fell in the Coast Range east of Newport. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy and winds were light and variable.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/59F
Depoe Bay: 66F/57F
Forecast: Sunny Summer weather will be off again today. Though high temperatures should be pleasant at 65F or so, a low pressure system is coming ashore and the chance of rain showers is on the increase. That chance goes into the likely category tonight with precipitation amounts of a quarter inch possible and lows about 55F. There’s a 50-50 bet for more showers tomorrow but highs should still hit 65F. Outlook is for Summer to be on again Friday through Sunday with more sunshine, patchy fog, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F and rising northwest winds. Long term forecasts show that the switch will be turned off again next week and some rain is predicted.
Travel: Oregon Highway 224 is closed 3 miles east of Estacada due to the 36 Pit Fire, now nearly 3,600 acres in size; the blaze is only 7% contained. In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and 75-80F. Valley destinations have a slight chance of showers with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, areas of smoke; the freezing level dropping to 8,000 feet.
Marine: Seas are up but rounded this morning, 7 feet at 14 seconds, and winds are out of the N at 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Variable winds are expected today at 5-10 knots and a long-period W swell of 5-7 feet. Tonight, look for a few showers, a SE breeze 5-10 knots and westerly swells around 5 feet. S winds of 5-10 knots are forecast for tomorrow along with W to SW swells 3-4 feet and showers. Outlook is for more Summer-like conditions Friday through Sunday as nor’westers build to 10-20 knots gusting 25, lumpy seas rise to 6-8 feet and areas of fog develop.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, light breeze, 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.
09/17 Wed 08:51 AM 6.22 H
09/17 Wed 02:02 PM 3.57 L
09/17 Wed 07:59 PM 7.17 H
09/18 Thu 03:00 AM 0.99 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, chance of showers, light winds, then weekend clearing.