Friday, September 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s weather was practically an identical twin to Wednesday’s. Temperature readings and rainfall in some cases were exactly the same, but southwest winds were a tad beefier, gusting over 30 mph in spots. Peak gust was 39 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Sunbreaks amid the clouds allowed temps to rise, though an occasional stray shower dampened the area. Skies cleared for a while in the evening followed by partly to mostly cloudy conditions overnight. Once again the mercury didn’t drop much during the 12 hours of darkness with lows in the upper-50s. It was mostly cloudy at daybreak and the wind was out of the south at 5-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/59F/29mph/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 64F/57F/32mph/0.03”
Forecast: We may have triplets on our hands as today’s prognosis looks strikingly similar to yesterday and the day before. For the Celebration of Honor and Patriotic Glass Float Hunt in Lincoln City today, it’s a coin toss with 50-50 odds of a shower, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and highs of 60-65F. Tonight, isolated showers and chillier with the thermometer dipping to 50F or so. The weekend looks dry and partly to mostly sunny with an encouraging wind shift to light nor’westers, highs of 65F, maybe even a little above, and lows of 45-50F. The one fly in the ointment could be areas of fog developing Saturday night through Sunday morning. Outlook is for a decent chance of some rain returning on Monday, showers through Wednesday and then partly to mostly clear skies by Thursday. Highs of 60-65F and early Fall lows of 45-50F are expected throughout the week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, scattered showers and 60-70F. Valley destinations have a chance of showers with highs around 70F. For the Cascades, isolated showers; the freezing level is at 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is a chance of showers tonight, then partly to mostly sunny with dry pavement Saturday and Sunday. There’s a possibility that fog will be an issue in the mornings.
Marine: Persistent southerlies 15-20 knots are affecting local waters, but seas have subsided to 8 feet at 11 seconds this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. The Small Craft Advisory for winds expires at 9:00am, but a Small Craft Advisory for seas remains in effect until noon. S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 early today but easing to SW 10-15 knots with seas 8-9 feet and 5 foot windwaves. Tonight, expect a WNW breeze around 10 knots and 8 foot swells. NW winds tomorrow, seas about 6 feet. Outlook is for northerlies on Sunday 10-15 knots with W swells 4 feet and a 3 foot chop. Look for W to NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 10-15 knots, with seas rising to 7-9 feet. NOTICE TO MARINERS: There’s a new Yaquina Bay and River Channel depth tabulation for Chart 18581. These depths are based on the latest survey work done in May 2014. Go here to download and print the latest chart tabulation.
On the Beach… Chance of showers, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/26 Fri 07:50 AM 1.78 L
09/26 Fri 01:59 PM 8.34 H
09/26 Fri 08:27 PM 0.42 L
09/27 Sat 02:48 AM 7.21 H
In Short: Possible showers, windy, then clearing and drying.