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Weather or Not: First Day of Fall?

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, September 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: A handful of sprinkles dampened the area yesterday, but precipitation totals were well under the official recordable level of 0.01”. The sky was overcast early in the day but hazy sunshine filtered the afternoon hours, allowing the mercury to climb into the upper-60s and southwest winds never got above 15 mph. The next in a series of disturbances brought clouds back across the Central Coast after sunset and they stayed with us most of the night keeping the heat in so lows were relatively warm in the upper-50s. At daybreak, skies were mixed and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/61F
Depoe Bay: 65F/58F
Newport: 66F/55F
Waldport: 67F/56F
Yachats: 69F/57F

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Forecast: For meteorologists, this is the first day of Fall. Unlike the astronomical seasons we’re used to which begin on the Equinoxes and Solstices, weather professionals track the seasons in whole months, for instance, Fall is September through WON SUN-RAINNovember, Winter is December through February, and so forth. Today’s forecast may indeed be more Fall-ish than Summer-like as we expect mostly cloudy skies, some rain, southwest winds and highs in the low-60s. Tonight, the chance of rain dwindles and lows dip to 55F. But we’re back to a 50-50 chance of showers tomorrow with cooler thermometer readings around 60F. Outlook is for mixed skies and a slight chance of showers Thursday and Friday.

Labor Day Weekend… Mostly clear, afternoon sea breezes, highs 65-70F, lows 50-55F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, a chance of rain with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partial clearing and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mainly cloudy skies, a chance of rain, light west winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are cool at 40-45F; clouds and sunshine, slight chance of rain, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for the long Labor Day weekend is dry roads in Northwest Oregon all three days, except for a minimal chance of showers in the Cascades with the snow level dipping to near the passes on Friday night and Saturday.

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Marine: Conditions have settled down a bit this morning as S winds blow just 10 knots and seas are 6-7 feet at 13 WON MARINE WXseconds. SW winds are predicted to rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon with seas 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, W wind 10-15 knots, seas holding at 7 feet. Outlook is for a NW breeze 5-10 knots on Thursday, then northerlies 10-15 knots Friday and Saturday; swells subsiding from 8 feet Wednesday night to 4 feet by the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of rain, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
09/01 Tue 08:39 AM -0.47 L
09/01 Tue 03:06 PM 8.95 H
09/01 Tue 09:13 PM -0.33 L
09/02 Wed 03:30 AM 8.04 H

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In Short: Mixed skies, chance of rain and showers, then slow drying.

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