Thursday, September 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yachats has nailed a trifecta over the past day with the highest temperature (70F), the warmest low temp (54F), and the most precipitation (0.23”). The nature of the current unstable atmosphere has created widespread disparity in our local weather. For instance, while most of the Central Coast was dry early today, Lincoln City got soaked by a serious shower; in Newport, mostly blue skies reigned from the Yaquina Bay Bridge north, but it rained at the airport. At daybreak, clouds, clearing and showers continued with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/53F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 63F/51F/0.01”
Forecast: The last of the showers should be wrapping up this morning and sunshine is expected during the afternoon with light west winds and a high around 65F. Partly cloudy tonight, low of 50F. Mostly sunny tomorrow, but cooler as the mercury tops out just above 60F. (Speaking of cooler, the seasons are definitely changing as evidenced by temps dropping into the 30s this morning in the Cascade passes, the first readings below 40F since May.)
Labor Day Weekend… Partly cloudy, patchy fog, possible showers, high 65F, low 55F.
Fire Ban: The Oregon State Parks ban on open flames continues through the holiday weekend; this includes campfires, candles and tiki-torches statewide, and all beach fires on the Oregon Coast. Propane stoves and charcoal briquettes for cooking are not covered under the statewide ban, but some parks have more restrictive prohibitions in place that do cover briquettes. Before traveling, you should verify what’s allowed at your destination by calling the specific park, or phoning the Oregon State Parks toll-free information line at 800-551-6949, or looking up the park online here. The restriction will be reviewed again next week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, a chance of showers with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny conditions, a chance of showers and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, light west winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are cool at 35-40F; partly cloudy, showers, the snow level is just above the passes at 5,500 feet. Outlook for the long Labor Day weekend is mainly dry roads in Northwest Oregon all three days, except for a chance of showers in the Cascades with the snow level around 6,000 feet Friday night and Saturday.
Marine: Seas are still up around 9 feet this morning but the breeze is light and variable. NW winds 5-10 knots today with swells 9 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, N winds 10 knots gusting 15 and swells dropping to 6 feet or so. For tomorrow’s start of the offshore Coho season and the all-depth halibut opener, look for northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and mixed swells/windwaves 4 feet. Outlook for the holiday weekend is nor’westers 5-15 knots, swells 3-4 feet and wind chop 2-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The dredge m/v Yaquina is currently working in Yaquina Bay at the entrance and in the harbor, scheduled to complete the project on or about September 9th. The dredge crew monitors VHF Channels 13 and 16.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of showers, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* No beach fires allowed through Labor Day weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/03 Thu 10:10 AM 1.12 L
09/03 Thu 04:37 PM 8.64 H
09/03 Thu 11:06 PM -0.03 L
09/04 Fri 05:30 AM 6.72 H
In Short: Mixed skies, chance of showers, then dry and mostly clear.