Friday, September 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: A smattering of high clouds was all that ever-so-slightly marred an otherwise picture-perfect late Summer scenario yesterday. High temperatures were on target in the mid-60s and the light breeze came out of the northwest at less than 10 mph. No precipitation was recorded. Skies remained mostly clear through sunset and into the overnight period. A marine cloud layer developed around 3:00am and persevered until shortly after dawn when the blue returned, though it was partially veiled by thin fog. The wind was nearly calm and lows dipped into the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/59F
Depoe Bay: 64F/54F
Forecast: Two major weather patterns will be players over the next few days – warm and storm. For the clamming clinic at Siletz Bay today, typical seasonal temperatures of 65F or so, mostly sunny and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 20. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow is expected to be unseasonably warm with sunshine, blustery east winds and the mercury headed up to 75F, maybe higher. Outlook is for cooling on Sunday and Monday, highs of 60-65F, patchy fog, and mostly cloudy conditions. Tuesday, just as Fall begins, it looks like the calendar and the weather will come into agreement as we nudge our way into an unsettled wet and windy period. For Wednesday and Thursday, the season’s first ‘storm’ is predicted with rain likely and a good blow of southwest winds 20-30 mph. Showers may extend into next weekend.
Travel: Areas of smoke from the 36 Pit Fire (which is 4,000 acres in size though about 35% contained) may affect travelers in Northwest Oregon over the next couple of days as east winds return. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, areas of smoke; the freezing level is 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement with hot and smoky conditions on Saturday; cooling Sunday. (Tomorrow, Eugene stands a good chance of adding to their record 35 days of 90F or higher in 2014.)
Marine: Winds are nearly calm and seas are 5 feet at 10 seconds offshore this morning. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today’s last chance to reel in an ocean Coho (season closes at midnight tonight), get out early and back inside the jaws before a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon; it runs through tomorrow morning. NW winds 5-10 knots veering to N 15-20 knots gusting 25 by late afternoon and evening with a choppy mixed swell of 3-5 feet. Tomorrow, N winds early 15-20 knots gusting 25, but easing to 10-15 knots by afternoon and lumpy seas rising to 8 feet. Outlook is for S winds 10-15 knots on Sunday along with seas to 5 feet. Light southerlies on Monday, but what could be our first significant Autumn blow is predicted Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm brings S winds 20-25 knots and rising seas.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/19 Fri 10:35 AM 6.71 H
09/19 Fri 04:06 PM 2.94 L
09/19 Fri 10:02 PM 7.30 H
09/20 Sat 04:37 AM 0.86 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, warm, then storm.