Saturday, September 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was the chilliest morning so far this season. The Newport airport thermometer got within a degree of the record low for today, which was 42F set in 1969. That came on the heels of a fair-skied night after abundant sunshine yesterday and highs in the low-60s. There were some scattered clouds overnight and literally no wind. At daybreak, campers were ready to build a warming blaze in the fire-pit (see Fire Ban Update below) to shake off the chill, skies were mostly clear and it was dead calm. We’re down to 13 hours of daylight today, a loss of 3 minutes since yesterday; Summer sunshine is slippin’ away fast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/51F
Depoe Bay: 63F/47F
Forecast: The bad news for campers and others planning outdoor activities is that you might need a rain-fly or canopy because there’s an increasing chance of a little rain tomorrow morning. Today should be mostly sunny with a high near 65F. Increasing clouds are expected tonight as a minor weather front approaches, low temps around 50F. Then there’s a 30-50% chance of light rain early tomorrow followed by mostly sunny skies in the afternoon, high again around 65F. It looks like we’ve been given the all-clear for the Monday holiday with lots of sunshine and the mercury warming to 65-70F. Outlook is for mainly clear, highs 65-70F, lows 50-55F, and some sea breezes for the truncated workweek.
Fire Ban Update: Now the good news, campers! 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.
Locally, the Depoe Bay, North Lincoln and Newport Fire Departments is allowing recreational burning. 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 cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are cool at 35-40F; partly sunny, chance of showers, the snow level is just above the passes at 6,000 feet. Outlook for Labor Day weekend is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon tonight through Monday night with the Cascades freezing level rising to 9,000 feet by this evening.
Marine: Fairly benign conditions this morning with winds E at 5 knots and seas down to 5 feet at 8 seconds. Northerlies 5-10 knots gusting 15 are expected this afternoon with 2 foot chop on top of 3 foot swells. The breeze backs to the SW tonight, 5-10 knots, seas holding at 3 feet, and then a S wind tomorrow, 10-15 knots, as a front passes through early in the day before winds back to NW 10-15 knots in the afternoon; seas 3-4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots and seas 4-6 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog/haze, surf 2-4 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.
09/05 Sat 06:41 AM 6.22 H
09/05 Sat 12:04 PM 2.68 L
09/05 Sat 06:28 PM 7.89 H
09/06 Sun 01:22 AM 0.46 L
In Short: Mainly clear, chance of rain, patchy fog, then clearing and warmer.