Thursday, September 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The predicted showers came, but precipitation amounts weren’t enough to help much with fire danger or dry lawns and gardens. In our area, less than a tenth of an inch was recorded; the heaviest regional rainfall was in the Cascades between Sweet Home and Sisters where about a third of an inch fell. Locally, winds yesterday were variable 5-10 mph and high temps reached into the 60s. Skies were partly to mostly cloudy much of the day with total overcast arriving with the showers in the late afternoon. The wettest period came overnight and by this morning, it was already starting to break up; winds were light and the thermometer hovered around the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/59F/0.08”
Depoe Bay: 61F/56F/0.07”
Forecast: The last of the showers, if we get any, would be early this morning. By the time the Toledo Street Market opens, it should be dried out with some sunshine. High today about 65F with light winds. There’s a slight chance of an additional shower or two tonight, otherwise mostly cloudy, patchy fog and lows around 55F. Look for more sunshine tomorrow, seasonal temps near 65F and northwest winds of 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. Outlook is for a warm one on Saturday; the mercury could hit 75F or higher along with east winds gusting to 20-25 mph. As our late Summer weather continues its vacillating rhythm, partly sunny and cooler conditions are expected to return Sunday and Monday, with highs down to 65-70F. For the first full day of Autumn on Tuesday, we’re appropriately looking at a good chance of rain which is projected to hang around much of the week.
Travel: Oregon Highway 224 remains closed 3 miles east of Estacada due to the 36 Pit Fire, now at 4,000 acres in size and about 30% contained. Areas of smoke may again affect travelers in Northwest Oregon over the weekend as east winds return. In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and 70-75F. Valley destinations have a chance of showers with highs of 75F. For the Cascades, a chance of showers, areas of smoke; the freezing level is 8,000 feet.
Marine: NE winds are less than 10 knots offshore this morning with long-period 6 foot seas at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Light northerlies and a mixed 4-5 foot swell are expected today and tonight; showers are possible. Tomorrow, the N wind increases to 10-15 knots gusting 20 by afternoon, swells remain 4-5 feet with a 2 foot chop on top. Outlook is for N to NE winds on Saturday, 15-20 knots gusting 25, NW swells of 7 feet and 4 foot windwaves. Southerlies are predicted for Sunday and Monday, 10-15 knots, with a W swell of 5 feet and 2-3 foot chop. NOTICE TO MARINERS: Keep an eye out for the dredge Yaquina which is working in the entrance to Yaquina Bay, 24/7, from now through September 26th. The dredge monitors VHF Channels 13 & 16.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, showers ending, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/18 Thu 09:50 AM 6.44 H
09/18 Thu 03:11 PM 3.33 L
09/18 Thu 09:05 PM 7.17 H
09/19 Fri 03:54 AM 0.92 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of showers, light winds, then clearing and warm.