Monday, September 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: It’d be pretty hard to beat yesterday’s weather as we nudge up against October. Sunshine dominated our skies and the mercury climbed to the mid-60s. Afternoon northwest winds were 10-15 mph and no precipitation was recorded. However, things started changing around 9:30pm last night as clouds began filling in ahead of an approaching cold front, and the wind went calm. When a light breeze returned overnight, it came ominously from the south. This morning, it was overcast with a light southeast wind and low temps were in the 50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/54F
Depoe Bay: 64F/50F
Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the coolest weather so far this season expected over the next few days. The Cascades may see the season’s first snowfall. A narrow but potent cold front will move across Northwest Oregon today and tonight, and mornings will feel very Autumn-like for much of the week. That said, it’ll also be warmer as temperatures recover Thursday and Friday. For today’s Joe the Sea Lion statue dedication ceremony in Lincoln City, expect an increasing chance of showers, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting to around 20 and a cooler high temperature of 60F. Showers remain likely tonight with west winds 15-20 mph gusting to 25 and lows near 50F. Scattered showers linger tomorrow and skies remain mostly cloudy, high of 60F. Outlook is for a chilly night Wednesday with the thermometer dropping to the low 40s, but high temps around 65F. Thursday through Sunday, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs warming to 65-70F and lows about 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, showers likely and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies and showers with highs around 70F. For the Cascades, showers, breezy; the snow level is at 8,000 feet, but drops to 5,500 feet tonight. Snowfall is predicted to remain above the Cascade highway passes.
Cascadia: A magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred at 7:59pm last night about 170 miles southwest of Newport on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The temblor was shallow at a depth of 6 miles.
Marine: It’s dead calm with rounded 4 foot seas this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A cold front is approaching local waters and SW winds are projected to rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon; seas build to 6 feet with 3-4 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze veers to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 7 foot W swell. Look for lighter winds tomorrow, down to 5-10 knots, with swells around 6 feet. Outlook is for a light northerly wind flow of 5-10 knots Wednesday through Friday, along with swells 4-6 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/29 Mon 09:40 AM 2.99 L
09/29 Mon 03:49 PM 8.15 H
09/29 Mon 10:48 PM 0.43 L
09/30 Tue 05:29 AM 6.30 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then clearing with cooler nights, warmer days.