Monday, September 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mainly overcast skies, cool temperatures and a couple of episodes of very light rain slightly damped the ground, and possibly the spirits of holiday visitors, yesterday. Precipitation totals were measured in the hundredths of an inch with Lincoln City’s gauge filling to the 0.05” level for the most wet stuff locally. The mercury hovered in the mid-60s, albeit Yachats flirted with 70F, and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting 20. The promised sunbreaks arrived late in the day and it finally cleared off for a while after dusk; low temps were in the 50s. Marine clouds and patchy fog formed around 4:00am and persisted through sunrise.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/56F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F/0.02”
Regional Record Cool Highs Yesterday…
Portland Airport 60F, previous 61F in 1958
Hillsboro 63F, ties 63F in 1958
Vancouver 60F, ties 60F in 1958
Ironically, 2015 was also officially the hottest summer on record for the Willamette Valley. Details here.
Forecast: When the last of the fog burns off, we should have mostly sunny skies for the home stretch of Summer’s final holiday weekend. The thermometer heads for 65F and winds should be relatively light through much of the day though a sea breeze develops late this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight, low near 50F. Tomorrow, partly sunny, moderate northwest winds and a high of 65F. Outlook is for mainly clear skies, warmer with highs of 65-70F, lows about 55F, and stiff afternoon/evening sea breezes 25-35 mph Wednesday through Sunday.
Fire Restrictions: Campfires are allowed in state parks 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 Parks campfire ban continues 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, mostly sunny with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, patchy fog, temperatures are 35-40F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through tonight.
Marine: NNE winds are 5-10 knots this morning with seas 4 feet at 10 seconds and patchy fog. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through late tonight for northerlies increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells 4 feet with a 2 foot chop on top. The breeze eases to 10-15 knots after midnight, swells holding around 4 feet. Tomorrow and Wednesday, N winds 5-10 knots in the morning rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon and mixed seas 4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 20-25 knots Thursday and Friday with seas building to 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* All beach fires remained banned.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/07 Mon 09:22 AM 6.14 H
09/07 Mon 02:34 PM 3.23 L
09/07 Mon 08:44 PM 7.47 H
09/08 Tue 03:41 AM 0.4 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, windy, then clear, strong sea breezes and warmer.