Tuesday, October 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: We’re obviously on borrowed time, but Summer-like conditions with above average high temperatures kept us in the status quo category yesterday. Depoe Bay was the warmest spot, with Yachats the coolest. (Over in the Valley, Eugene tied its record high for the date of 86F in 1987.) There was no precipitation locally, and northwest winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts into the mid-20s. It went dead calm right after sunset and a few low clouds formed near the shoreline. Early this morning, low marine clouds and fog were banked up along the beaches and pushed slightly inland; low temps were in the 50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/57F
Depoe Bay: 73F/55F
Forecast: Our gravy train ride continues today with more sunshine after morning low clouds and fog, high temperatures of 65-70F and lighter northwest winds, say, 5-10 mph. Whether or not we’re able to see the total lunar eclipse overnight (see Eclipse below) is a crap shoot as we expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with patchy fog, lows about 55F. Tomorrow starts off foggy with some low clouds, then partly to mostly sunny skies and the mercury hangin’ in there at 65-70F. Outlook is for patchy fog and a chance of drizzle Wednesday night and Thursday morning, followed by partly sunny skies and cooler as highs top out at 60-65F. The big change begins Friday and Saturday as a weak front passes through bringing a chance of rain. Next week looks like bona fide Fall weather with a series of storms, lots of rain and possibly windy at times.
Travel:: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.
Marine: Decent conditions offshore this morning with NNE winds around 10 knots and rounded seas of 5 feet at 13 seconds, but it’s foggy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A slowly weakening Summer-like pattern continues today with N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, W swells 5 feet and 3 foot chop. Tonight and tomorrow, the N breeze eases to 5-10 knots, swells subside to 4 feet and windwaves drop to 2 feet. Outlook is for light NW winds Thursday, 5-10 knots, swells 4 feet. A wind reversal to SW 5-10 knots on Friday and Saturday heralds a transformation to SW weather and seasonal storms next week. A large swell train is projected to push seas up to 12 feet by late Saturday and into Sunday.
On the Beach… Fog, becoming sunny, 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.
10/07 Tue 11:53 AM 9.14 H
10/07 Tue 06:10 PM -0.21 L
10/08 Wed 12:26 AM 8.50 H
10/08 Wed 06:19 AM 0.67 L
In Short: Patchy fog, otherwise partly cloudy, warm, then rain by weekend.
Eclipse: If our skies are clear enough and you’re awake around 4:00am tomorrow morning, there’s an opportunity to view a total eclipse of the Full Hunter’s Moon. A partial eclipse begins Wednesday at 2:18am, reaches totality at 3:27am and achieves maximum totality at 3:55am (which is also the moment when the Moon is full). Totality ends at 4:22am and a partial eclipse finally fades away at 5:32am followed by moonset. Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. The blood-red darkness that overwhelms the Moon is created by Earth’s shadow. The next total lunar eclipse visible from the Central Coast will be on September 27th, 2015.