Friday, September 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out right on predictions with a couple of good-sized showers in the morning and then sunny skies the rest of the day. Precipitation amounts were under a tenth of an inch, high temps reached the mid-60s and southwest winds blew mainly below 10 mph. Scattered clouds took us through the night with the mercury slipping to about 50F (for the first time this season, temps dipped to freezing on the Cascade highway passes overnight). At daybreak, skies were mixed blue and white with patchy fog, showers lingering offshore and a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/51F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 64F/48F/0.01”
Forecast: On again, off again weather is in the cards for Labor Day weekend. For those getting a jump on freedom from work today and tonight, look for a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms, mostly clear skies and cooler as the thermometer reaches 60F this afternoon and drops to 45-50F overnight. Tomorrow, mostly sunny after morning fog, high 65F and light northwest winds. There’s a fly in the ointment for Sunday as a minor weather disturbance passes through bringing mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain. On Labor Day itself, Monday, we should be back to sunshine and warmer with highs of 65-70F. Outlook is for dry and relatively warm as we return for the shortened workweek.
Fire Ban Update: Thanks to lower temperatures, moisture, and a gradual relaxation of fire bans by other jurisdictions, the statewide Oregon State Park fire ban has been canceled. Fires are allowed in designated metal fire pits in the Columbia Gorge, Willamette Valley, Portland-area, and on the Coast from Fort Stevens near Astoria to and including Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence. The State Park campfire ban continues unchanged on all beaches, in all coastal state park campgrounds south of Reedsport, and in Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon. The ban includes open flames and, in some areas, charcoal briquettes. Park-by-park information on these restrictions is available here. Visitors should remember to be extremely careful with any fire in areas where the ban has been relaxed. Conditions and restrictions could change with very little notice. Information on safely extinguishing a campfire is online here.
NOTE: Effective at noon today, September 4th, the Depoe Bay, North Lincoln and Newport Fire Departments will allow recreational burning to resume. This includes outdoor warming, cooking and recreational type fires. Beach fires, open burning of vegetation, burn barrels, and backyard debris burning remain banned until further notice.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, a chance of showers and thunderstorms with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny conditions, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, 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 bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are near freezing at 30-35F; partly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is just above the passes at 6,000 feet. Outlook for Labor Day weekend is mainly dry roads in Northwest Oregon all three days, except for possible icy patches and a chance of showers in the Cascades with the snow level around 6,000 feet tonight and tomorrow; the freezing level rises to 9,000 feet by Saturday night.
Marine: Breeze and seas are down this morning as fishermen head out for the Coho and halibut opening; light and variable winds with swells 5-6 feet at 9 seconds are being reported by the buoys. Look for a chance of thunderstorms early today, and then N winds rise this afternoon into tonight to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas drop to 4-5 feet. Tomorrow, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with 4 foot swells. Outlook is for a sou’wester on Sunday, 10-15 knots, swells 4 feet, then northerlies 10-15 knots Monday and Tuesday with mixed swells/windwaves 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of showers, surf 4 feet (low).
* 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.
09/04 Fri 11:03 AM 1.96 L
09/04 Fri 05:29 PM 8.28 H
09/05 Sat 12:11 AM 0.25 L
09/05 Sat 06:41 AM 6.22 H
In Short: Mixed skies, chance of showers, patchy fog, then clouds and clearing.