Thursday, October 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Though there was a short period of sunshine during the late afternoon, yesterday was mostly cloudy and indeed felt much cooler than our recent cluster of warm Summer-like days. The mercury climbed to predicted highs in the low-60s, light northwest winds blew less than 10 mph, and no precipitation was recorded. Overcast skies returned about sunset and persisted overnight as temps dipped to the low-50s. Fog developed rapidly ‘round midnight and was still thick at first light with visibility down to less than a quarter mile in places, and a light drizzle was falling.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/55F
Depoe Bay: 63F/52F
Forecast: It’s going to be a weaning process over the next few days before we leave our Summer beverages behind and slowly work into a regimen of solid Fall nourishment. Today, mostly cloudy again after the fog lifts but a few sunbreaks are possible as well; highs of 60-65F and light winds. There’s a chance of drizzle tonight, mostly cloudy and foggy, with the thermometer dropping to about 50F. Tomorrow will be a rerun of today as skies are expected to remain mostly cloudy and high temps should be seasonal at 60-65F. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers Friday night and Saturday, sunshine and clouds for Sunday and Columbus Day, and then the storm door opens for the first in a series of substantial weather systems arriving on Tuesday. Wet and windy the rest of the week with seasonal temperatures throughout the extended period.
Travel:: Beginning Monday, you might want to hold off on that second cup of coffee before heading for Portland. The North and South Rest Areas on Highway 18 in the Van Duzer Corridor are set to close starting October 13th for a paving restoration project. The parking areas and restrooms will not be available during this closure. In the Coast Range today, partly sunny and 70-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, partly sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. We could see snow down to highway pass levels by Tuesday.
Marine: It’s another benign day offshore with no wind and 3 foot seas at 9 seconds. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Nothing to write home about today and tonight – NW winds 5 knots, seas 3 feet and areas of fog. Tomorrow, the breeze comes from the SW 5-10 knots gusting to 15 but seas remain around 3 feet. Outlook is for winds veering to NW on Saturday, 5-10 knots and the swell rising to 8 feet. Expect NE wind on Sunday, 5-10 knots, but swells rising quickly to 12 feet. A weather system arrives late Monday packing sou’westers 20-25 knots, a W swell of 12 feet and 6 foot windwaves. A series of storms is projected throughout next week. NOTICE TO MARINERS: Yaquina Bay Entrance Buoy 3 has been decommissioned for the season.
Columbus Day Hospice Regatta… Light and variable winds 5-10 knots with a slight chance of showers on Saturday; Sunday looks dry. Large, westerly ocean swells entering Yaquina Bay may affect the W end of the course, especially Sunday.
On the Beach… Fog, partly 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.
10/09 Thu 01:12 PM 9.58 H
10/09 Thu 07:43 PM -0.95 L
10/10 Fri 02:09 AM 8.17 H
10/10 Fri 07:45 AM 1.61 L
In Short: Fog early, mixed sky, drizzle, a break, then stormy.