Sunday, September 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Not even close to record highs yesterday (which are in the mid-80s to low-90s for September 20th in our communities). Temperatures were graduated along the Oregon Coast – cooler to the south, warmer to the north. A record high of 86F was set at Astoria, which breaks the old record of 84F in 1939. Southwest winds along the Central Coast blew 10-20 mph; Yachats had a little more, recording a gust of 31 mph. The cool onshore breeze there most of the day kept a lid on the thermometer, too, giving Yachats the lowest high temperature in our area yesterday. The anticipated seasonal change happened abruptly between 6:00pm and 8:00pm last evening when the low overcast swept in and the sou’wester arrived. Clouds, fog and mist prevailed overnight with lows in the low-50s. At daybreak, it was still cloudy with a smidge of mist and southwest winds of 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 76F/53F
Depoe Bay: 73F/51F
Forecast: It’ll be like living on a different planet today compared to yesterday. In the wake of a warm and sunny Summer day, we’ll see much cooler temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog and mist with southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 20. The mercury is expected to top out around 60F. Tonight and tomorrow, mainly overcast, occasional sprinkles, patchy fog, moderate southwest winds and temperatures of 50-60F. Outlook is for Autumn’s first bona fide storm system to reach the Central Coast sometime Tuesday. Rain is likely from Tuesday night through Wednesday night, maybe an inch or more, and windy, before conditions turn showery and unsettled Thursday into Friday.
Travel: Smoke from area wildfires may affect travelers in Northwest Oregon today. The 36 Pit Fire southeast of Estacada is at 2,400 acres and 40% contained. The Scoggins Creek Fire near Hagg Lake is 300 acres and about 20% contained. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, areas of smoke and 70-75F. Valley destinations will be sunny with areas of smoke and highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers away from the coast is dry pavement with warm and smoky conditions through this evening.
Marine: Winds are out of the S 15-20 knots this morning with seas of 6 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A southerly wind flow is expected all week. Today, tonight and tomorrow, look for S winds 10-15 knots with a few gusts to 20, a W swell of 5-6 feet, and patchy fog. Outlook is for an early-Fall storm front to arrive late Tuesday packing southerlies of 20-25 knots gusting 30, and seas 6-8 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, S winds 20-25 knots along with the highest seas in quite a while, building to 13-15 feet with 7 foot windwaves.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/21 Sun 11:41 AM 7.29 H
09/21 Sun 05:29 PM 2.02 L
09/21 Sun 11:32 PM 7.59 H
09/22 Mon 05:48 AM 0.87 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, windy, cooler, then wet and unsettled.