Saturday, September 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: After a little fog and low cloudiness yesterday morning, the sun reigned for the remainder of the day and we had classic Summer conditions, including northwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25. The thermometer rose to the upper-60s and no precipitation was recorded. We archived the zillionth stunning sunset of the year and saw clear skies going into the overnight period. Just before dawn, Jupiter and a tiny slice of waning crescent Moon were visible off to the east. By sunrise, the sky was blue, it was foggy on the beach and lows dropped mainly into the low-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/56F
Depoe Bay: 68F/53F
Forecast: A warm and sunny last hurrah for Summer is on tap today for the 59th Annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake at Depoe Bay, and SOLV’s Yaquina River Clean-up. How hot it actually gets this afternoon will depend on the strength of the expected east winds, but highs of 75F or a little above would be a reasonable guess. Seasonal changes begin tonight with increasing clouds, patchy fog, lows of 50-55F and winds switching to southerly. Much cooler tomorrow and Monday with the mercury hitting 60F or so, mostly cloudy skies and southwest winds of 10-15 mph. Outlook is for our first real Autumn-style weather system to arrive sometime Tuesday with rain likely by nightfall. Wednesday and Thursday, rain (up to an inch) is projected, along with blustery southwest winds. Look for showers on Friday, maybe lasting into the weekend; highs of 60-65F, lows 50-55F through the extended period.
Travel: Smoke from area wildfires may affect travelers in Northwest Oregon today as east winds return. In the Coast Range today, sunny, areas of smoke and 85-95F. Valley destinations will be sunny with areas of smoke and highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, sunny, windy; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement with warm and smoky conditions tonight but cooling and clearing tomorrow.
Marine: Hopefully, you netted some Coho yesterday before the season closed at midnight, because conditions are rough this morning. Swells are up to 10 feet at 13 seconds, winds are N 15-20 knots and it’s foggy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 11:00am from 10 to 60 miles offshore for N winds of 15-20 knots gusting 25; lighter N winds 10-15 knots near shore. Seas of 7-8 feet and patchy fog are also expected today. Tonight, a wind reversal to southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas of 6 feet. S winds 10-15 knots tomorrow, seas 5 feet and patchy fog. Outlook is for S winds 5-15 knots, a W swell of 4-5 feet and patchy fog Monday and Tuesday. Swells to 12 feet and gusty southerlies are forecast for Wednesday, along with rain, as an organized Fall storm system arrives.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/20 Sat 11:10 AM 6.99 H
09/20 Sat 04:51 PM 2.48 L
09/20 Sat 10:49 PM 7.45 H
09/21 Sun 05:15 AM 0.83 L
In Short: Mostly clear, windy, warm, then cooling and rain.