Sunday, September 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Although it was out of sight, out of mind yesterday, the anticipated light rain arrived on schedule just before dawn this morning. Precipitation totals were generally around a hundredth of an inch with Depoe Bay and Newport picking up a smidge more. The rain came in the wake of a seasonally sunny day and mostly clear night; temps ranged from highs in the mid-60s to lows in the upper-40s. What breeze developed was from the southwest but never rose above 15 mph. At daybreak, it was calm, still spittin’ a little rain and some auspicious bright spots appeared in the overcast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/52F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 63F/49F/0.02”
Forecast: We’ll be right back to Summer after this short break. The front causing light rain to fall this morning should be east of the Central Coast by this afternoon. Sunbreaks and thermometer readings around 65F are expected to round out the day. Look for mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog tonight, lows near 50F. Tomorrow, Labor Day beach walks, fishin’, barbecues and other outdoor activities should be in the sunshine with light north winds and a high of 65F. Outlook is for mainly clear, dry, warm and windy the rest of the week; we could see the mercury climb past 70F by next weekend.
Fire Ban: Fires in state parks are now allowed using designated metal fire-pits in the Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley, Portland-area, and on the Coast from Fort Stevens near Astoria to and including Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence. The Oregon State Park campfire ban is still in effect 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.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of rain and/or showers with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting showers early, some sunshine later and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, showers, light west winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, possible icy spots on the highways this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly sunny, chance of showers, the snow level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for Labor Day weekend is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon from tonight through tomorrow night with the Cascades freezing level rising to 11,000 feet by this evening.
Marine: Winds are southerly this morning, 10-20 knots, with seas 3 feet and a little choppy. A SW wind 5-10 knots gusting 15 is expected today and mixed seas/windwaves 2-3 feet. Tonight, the breeze veers to NW 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells rise to 4 feet. Northerlies are on tap for tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells holding at 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds Tuesday through Thursday, slowing increasing from 10-15 knots to 20-25 knots by week’s end and seas building to 6 feet Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Light rain early, some sun later, surf 2-3 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.
09/06 Sun 08:01 AM 6.01 H
09/06 Sun 01:15 PM 3.14 L
09/06 Sun 07:34 PM 7.59 H
09/07 Mon 02:36 AM 0.50 L
In Short: Rain, mixed sky, patchy fog, then clearing and warmer.